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From Publishers Weekly

PW praised the "sunny and unusually textured torn-and cut-paper collages" in this tale of a boy's shopping expedition, adding, "Well-chosen language, cumulative refrain and judiciously placed rhymes lend the text a pleasing musicality." Ages 3-6.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreSchool-Grade 1-A rhyming cumulative story about a boy who has five pennies and wants to spend them all. As he walks along, he comes across a woman cutting roses, a girl baking cookies, a boy making paper hats, a fisherman catching fish, and a butcher cutting meat, and does business with each of them. The illustrations are done in textured-paper collages, highlighted with pastels and colored pencils. The paper is layered to give a three-dimensional, sculptured effect. The figures are shown generally in profile and are very stylized: all of them, including an African-American boy, seem to be cut from the same silhouette. This technique gives the art a static, friezelike quality, even though motion is indicated. Also, there are few visual cues to make the transition from one scene to the next. Despite these awkward elements, the variety of textures is appealing and the text will fill the bill for continuing requests for predictable pattern books.
Linda Wicher, Highland Park Public Library, IL
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 360L (What's this?)
  • Series: Picture Yearling Book
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Books (July 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780440410164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440410164
  • ASIN: 0440410169
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jatebt@hotmail.com on May 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading this book to my daughter Emily,age 3. It is a wonderful story about a boy who had five new pennies and spent them buying things for others. In such a greedy world we need to instill the power of giving to our children. The story is well written and the illustrations are enticing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 2001
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My 2 1/2-year-old loves this book and was soon "reading" it back to me! Its simple rhymes relate a story of generosity and thoughtfulness. We read it every day for weeks, and return to it frequently after 4 months. Paperback version is not sturdy, though--pages fell out after repeated reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Betsy R. Marks on December 8, 1997
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What a wonderful story to read with your child! A great lesson in sharing and basic mathmatics. Plus, the illustrations are wonderful 3-D paper cutouts! This book is a special and rare treat for 3,4 and 5 year olds. I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Richards on August 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
what a wonderful book. I love the illustrations and the rhyming text. My 2 1/2 year old son (also named Benny!) loves to hear this book over and over. He has many parts memorized, too. It is nice to read a book in which the main character, who could easily spend the money on himself, finds something for his mother, brother, sister, cat, and dog, spending one of his five new shiny pennies on each of them. He gets nothing for himself, except many "thank you"s and that great feeling of giving!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Yezerski on May 24, 2001
Format: School & Library Binding
This is one of my favorite books. It is so simple and beautifully told, gently imparting an important message of selflessness. It is a modern fable. Each page is an amusing "chapter" to an adventure with a gratifying surprise ending. I love how the author respects kids' ability to be kind and creative without the prodding of adults. The illustrations, painstakingly, gorgeously rendered in cut paper, are facinating. Like the story, the pictures are a celebration of a conscientious approach to life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ct on August 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
Love this book. It is perfect for kindergarten.
Great way to introduce the penny(money). Lots of
good follow-up activities can be found on the
internet that relate specifically to this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessica L. Garza on December 8, 2009
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Benny's Pennies is such a great book, there is a lesson plan that you can find on the web that uses this book. It is great for prekinder or kindergarten.
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By Mike Allen on June 7, 2015
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Agood book for first time readers.
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