Albert Whitman & Co.
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.
Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Poverty; Kinship care; Race discrimination; poor; impoverished family; financial hardship; aunt and uncle living with relatives; racism
Black (African American)
mother and father
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
contests; arithmetic; Great Depression; 1929; beans; winter; President Roosevelt; sewing machine
Birtha, Becky, "Lucky Beans" (2010). Diverse Families. 1866.