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Mollel, Tololwa M.
New York : Clarion Books, 1999.
IL K-3  RL 5.6
ISBN 0395751861

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Have you ever dreamed of purchasing something you really wanted.  You save and save and find out you don't have enough money.  This is exactly what happens to Saruni a boy from Tanzania.  If you work hard you can accomplish good things and that will certainly happen if you read "My Rows and Piles of Coins" by Tololwa Mollel.

This would be a great book when talking about other countries.  They use Maasi words and the illustrations really depict the country in a positive way. (Karen Womack <>)

Booktalk #2

Bring different hard coins and ask students if they know what much each one is worth.  Ask them what, in today's society, can they buy with each piece of money.  Go round robin and ask each participant if they have ever saved money to buy something.  Where did they get the money or how did they earn it?  Then introduce this book and the main character who saved his money also to buy something very special and important to him.  ("Naomi Bates" <>)

SUBJECTS:     Money -- Fiction
                        Bicycles and bicycling -- Fiction
                        Tanzania -- Fiction.


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