Realistic Fiction                          Reading Level Pre-K-5

     My Rows and Piles of Coins is a delightful story of patience. Saruni lives in Tanzania, Africa. His mother rewards him for helping her in the market. He decides to save his money and resist buying the toys in the market because he is going to buy a bike. His dream is to carry the market items on his own bike to help his mother. Meanwhile, his father has allowed Saruni to practice riding. Saruni, finally, saves what he thinks is enough to purchase his own bike. Learn what happens when he shows the skinny man his savings.

My Rows and Piles of Coins could introduce the idea of saving money, the concept of coins in math, or patience in life all around. Below is a Bible verse about being diligent in saving instead of being impulsive:

Proverbs 21:5

“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.”

Awards:

Coretta Scott King Book Award 1970-2016 (Illustrator Honor 2000)

Children’s African Book Awards 1992-2016 – Winner 2000

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