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Lucky Beans

by Becky Birtha
Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell

Published by Albert Whitman, 2010
32 pages
ISBN: 978𢠪07547823

Ages 6 - 9

Marshall Loman is tired of having beans for dinner night after night. But Marshall抯 father, like so many others during the Depression, is unemployed and beans are inexpensive. Although he抯 starting to hate them, Marshall discovers having a lot of beans in the house can come in handy when it comes to winning a contest. 揌ow many beans are in the jar? Win this brand new sewing machine! If anyone knows beans, it抯 Marshall and his family. Using estimation, Marshall and his family determine how many beans can fit in a quart jar and how many quart jars would fill a jar the size of the one in the contest, coming up with a number that wins them the sewing machine (in spite of one community member抯 protest that they can抰 enter because they are Black) and, to Marshall抯 dismay, a year抯 supply of beans. This heartwarming tale, based on the author抯 grandmother, captures a caring African American family working together and having fun, despite economic hardship.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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