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Xiaoshan Di YA Shui Qian Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-08 
Review Score: 3 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:158430085X
LANGUAGE:English

" This is a great book to teach students about the holidays of other cultures. This book contained information about Chinese New Year, aspects of the culture, and even chinese language and symbols. It's also a great story to lead into talking about charity, generosity, and those who are less fourtunate. The pictures are detailed and realistic. " said.

" A little boy gets lucky money to celebrate the Chinese New Year. He can spend his $4 however he would like. When he sees an old man without shoes suddenly the toys, candy and snacks that he could buy don’t seem as satisfying.The illustrations were somewhat mundane, but the colors were bright. The story was interesting because the strong cultural implications made it stand out. " said.

" Sam is very excited. It is Chinese New Year and he has four dollars to spend on whatever he wants....should he buy sweet buns or a toy? Seeing a man on the street with no socks or shoes helps him to reflect on what he has. Gorgeous illustrations and a little bit about Chinese New Year celebrations. Teaches gratitude and generosity and would pair nicely with nonfiction about Chinese New Year. " said.

" When Sam receives his lucky money for Chinese New Year, his grandparents say he can spend it however he likes. But as his family goes out shopping for the special food and supplies they need to celebrate the holiday, Sam has a hard time finding something he can afford to buy. An unexpected meeting with a special stranger gives Sam an idea. Heart-warming story! Preschool Unit: Chinese New Year (Friends In Many Lands). Could also be used for a unit on love or friendship or service. " said.

"What a sweet and heart warming book with Chinese culture included into the text and pictures. The young boy receives lucky money ($4) for the Chinese New Year. He is so excited to go spend it in the markets but quickly realizes that $4 is not enough for a basketball. He ends up donating the money to a homeless person that he had seen earlier in the day. This story teaches compassion and sacrifice while also incorporating Chinese locations and customs. This story would be best for first grade through third grade." said.

"Sam receives leisees (lucky money) for the New Year celebration. He is told he may spend it any way he chooses. During shopping he encounters a homeless man without a jacket and shoes. Sam also finds out that his lucky money does not buy much of anything that he would like. He gives his lucky money to the homeless man who could actually buy something needed. This is a great diversity/multicultural read. It is sprinkled with Chinese customs and words. The decision Sam makes adds another dimension of philanthropy and kindness. " said.

" A young boy gets four dollars in leisees ("lucky money") for Chinese New Year and struggles with what to spend it on. Although it becomes clear early on how the story will end, I appreciated that the child's decision-making process felt really real -- Sam didn't feel like an unrealistically "good" child. " said.

"Sam and the Lucky Money is a nice story about being thankful for what you do have, even when you may be disappointed in what you don't.
After Sam gets his New Years presents from his grandparents he can't wait to go shopping. In the end he finds that he not only doesn't have enough for what he wants but he doesn't have enough to do much at all. Sam, like a lot of kids these days, isn't very happy about this and it shows. I think many a kid will be able to relate to this.
While shopping in Chinatown with his Mother he comes across an old homeless man who wears no shoes. Finally, after some time and thought, Sam knows what to do with his money. The little bit of money that wouldn't do much for Sam could do a lot for someone else.
It's a great lesson and Chinn does a great job of getting it across to the readers without it being overdone.
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