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Lion, King, and Coin

by Jeong-hee Nam

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This children's picture book tells the story of the invention of coins from the perspective of Laos, a young man in a family of goldsmiths. The book seems ideal for use in upper elementary classrooms. Additional features include a brief encyclopedia-like history of the invention of the coin, a map showing the location of Sardis, and a glossary. This book could be used as supplementary reading for math units on money, in social studies units, or even in language arts units on mythology since the story includes the legend of King Midas.

This review is based on an electronic advance reader's copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley. ( )
  cbl_tn | Mar 19, 2017 |
This is an informative children's book about how we came to have money. It discusses bartering, exchanging goods, and the difficulty of finding someone who actually wanted what you had to trade before currency. It talks about some of the precursors to coinage. The illustrations seem to fit the period of history being discussed. I received an advance review copy of the book from the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review. ( )
  thornton37814 | Mar 8, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802854753, Paperback)

A fascinating story about the invention of currency

Laos enjoys his life in ancient Turkey. His father and grandfather are blacksmiths, famous for melting gold into beautiful objects. Laos helps by working in his grandfather's market stall, bartering their gold for food and livestock.

But exchanging such different goods and quantities is complicated. What they need is something to represent the value of their goods, something durable and lightweight. And so the king comes to Laos's family with a very important task: to create something that will make the market accessible to everyone.

This Trade Winds book introduces readers to the world's first coin and gives them an appreciation for modern-day currency.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 06 Mar 2017 18:48:00 -0500)

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