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Lion, king, and coin

by Jeong-hee Nam

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Lion, King, and Coin is a lovely yet educational story by Jeong-hee Nam. Concerning how and why currency, similar to what we use today for commerce, was developed, this story takes the young reader into the distant past to Sardis, the capital of Lydia (modern day Turkey). We follow a young boy named Laos as he observes his merchant father and uncle in how they traded goods each day with local shoppers. Through a set of circumstances, they begin to mint and use gold coins for trade - and in a simplistic manner, the reasoning of how and why currency was developed is presented.

Not being a teacher, I do not know how I would use this book in a classroom, but as an older retried woman who watches children between the ages of 5 and 8, 3 days a week, I used it during one of our quiet reading times. There is good information in the back of the book to guide the "teacher" as s/he reads the book so the children will understand the terms, location, etc. that is discussed in the book.

The artwork is lovely - not overly done and several of "my children" spent time just looking at the pages after we read and talked about the story and what we learned.

Without outside information, it is a nice story but not truly educational so it is important for guidance if you are using it for that reason. If it is 'just to read' there is no problem. It is not offensive in any manner, a child can read it solo. Over all I enjoyed the book. ( )
  PallanDavid | Jun 12, 2017 |
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Lovely, interesting and different. ( )
  TildenSchoolLibrary | Jun 6, 2017 |
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This was a really enjoyable book. I liked the content and particularly loved the last few pages where you learned concrete facts. As a licensed teacher I question the reading level of this book, though I could see reading this to all ages of elementary students. The sentence structure of the main story is easy enough to entertain elementary students while the content and last few pages are more than enough information for the later years of elementary school. The illustrations were amazing. 4.5/5 ( )
  WhitneyG182 | May 1, 2017 |
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This is another book in publisher Eerdmans' Trade Winds series, "an educational series featuring stories set in key periods in the history of economy and culture."  Like the other book I've read in this series, the fictional story about the invention of the first coins around 600 BCE feels forced (again, perhaps a weakness of being translated from Jeong-hee Nam's original Korean).  Much better are the four pages of information about the development of coinage at the end.  In this case, the reading and interest levels for the informational part of the book are a good match to the reading and interest level of the fictional story.  Artist Lucia Sforza uses a muted pastel palette for the detailed illustrations, which seem appropriate for the setting in the ancient country of Lydia (in present-day Turkey).  However, I'm not sure this book has enough appeal to add this paperback to my university library's collection for future teachers.

© Amanda Pape - 2017

[I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.  It will be donated to a library.] ( )
  rdg301library | Apr 21, 2017 |
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3.5/5 Stars

A fun cute story about the invention of the coin.

While I felt the story was really fun to read, the best point of this point and all of the Tradewind books is the Illustrations in the book. I'm looking forward to reading more from them!
What I really liked about this book is the true facts that are in the back of the book. I find them really fun to read and to see the true story behind the story I just read. Plus, I think they're a great thing for children readers! They can get a fun and cute story as well as learn a bit about History and Social Studies. ( )
  JohnSS92 | Apr 19, 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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