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Pennies for Elephants by Lita Judge

Pennies for Elephants

by Lita Judge

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This was an interesting story. I really enjoyed reading it to children. The story of a group of children who accomplished something incredible through hard work and teamwork. It's very nice, it's true, and it's entertaining. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
A delightful story is accompanied by frequent newspaper clippings from 1914 that capture an interesting anecdote in history: "Mr and Mrs. William Orford, noted animal trainers, are retiring from show business. City can't afford to buy the elephants for the zoo, but the Orfords agree to give the children of Boston two months to collect $6,000." Kids save their pennies in myriad ways (documented periodically throughout the book in charts from the newspaper) that enable readers to keep a tally of the money earned. Just pennies? Is it possible to make that amount of money? With obvious math connections, this will be a hit with teachers who want to liven up a math lesson and link it to history. ( )
  pataustin | Sep 5, 2011 |
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Extra, Extra! Three Trained Pachyderms for Sale!
When Dorothy and her brother Henry learn that three beloved local circus elephants will soon be retiring, they are shocked and dismayed—but also inspired! The owner has agreed to sell the elephants to the children of Boston if they can raise the $6,000. They have two months. They'll have to contribute every penny they have, but they're determined to do it.
Soon, more and more children are joining in, donating eveything they have to the cause. Fourteen cents from Roger from washing windows. Five cents from Jimmy from the tooth fairy. Even the local cinema makes a contribution—after the children decide to stop spending their money on movies. Eventually, kids from up and down the whole east coast are chipping in! In the end, it's the elephants themselves—Mollie, Waddy, and Tony—who are most grateful for the children's resolute and generous spirit.
Following the immense critical success of One Thousand Tracings, Lita Judge has written and illustrated an inspiring and heartwarming picture book, based on a true story of compassion and believing.

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Story based on the 1914 newspaper headlines about the children of Boston raising more than $6,000 to buy the first elephants for the Franklin Park Zoo.

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