Lucky Beans

Title

Lucky Beans

Authors

Becky Birtha

Illustrator

Nicole Tadgell

Publisher

Albert Whitman & Co.

Publication Year

2010

ISBN

9780807547823

Genre

historical

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

During the Great Depression, Marshall, an African American boy, uses lessons learned in arithmetic class and guidance from his mother to figure out how many beans are in a jar in order to win her a new sewing machine in a contest.

Grade Level

K-3; 3-5

Lexile Measure

600L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Poverty; Kinship care; Race discrimination; poor; impoverished family; financial hardship; aunt and uncle living with relatives; racism

Main Character

male child

Race/Ethnicities

Black (African American)

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award, 2012, Winner
Storytelling World Resource Award, 2011, Winner, Stories for Pre-Adolescent Listeners
28 Days Later, 2013 Picture Book
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2011 Ages 5 to 9
Books Count! Number Fun for Children, 2012 Higher Operation
Choices, 2011 Picture Books for School-Age Children
Lasting Connections, 2010 Mathematics
New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, 2010 Picture Book
Smithsonian Magazine's Notable Books for Children, 2010 Middle Reader

Keywords

contests; arithmetic; Great Depression; 1929; beans; winter; President Roosevelt; sewing machine

Diversity Impact

direct

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