About the Book:
Book: The Two-Cent Piece
Author: Dennis Conrad (Illustrated by Courtney Smith)
Genre: Children’s Picture Book (Fiction)
Release date: September 3, 2022
Anne wonders what secret her three older brothers are hiding. When she finds out they joined to fight with the Union Army and would leave the next day, she gives them each one of her favorite two-cent pieces and says, “I want you to take one of my new two-cent pieces. I learned these coins are the first to have the words ‘In God We Trust.’ I just memorized Psalm 91:2. ‘I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.’”
Out of a heart of love, Anne gives six of her special coins away hoping the message on the two-cent pieces will strengthen each person’s faith.
I love the pictures in this book. They are beautiful! I also like the historical aspect of it; I had never heard of American two-cent pieces before. I remember two dollar bills when I was young, but never these coins, and I found it really interesting to learn that they were the first to contain the words “In God We Trust.” However, I did not appreciate that this book seems to promote Christians going to war. According to Matthew 5:39, Christians are not to resist evil, not to mention not going to war. For this reason, even though I like the portrayal of generosity, and the history included, I can’t recommend this book.
I received a review copy of this book from the author, and these are my honest thoughts about it. Links may be affiliate links, which will benefit Esther’s website if purchases are made through them.
About the Author:
A former coin collector for over fifty years, Dennis combines his love for the Bible, children’s literature, and sharing stories about the history behind coins.
He is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and a Fellow of the National Writing Project.
He retired as a professor of Speech Communications from Barstow Community College. He and his wife served as English and public speaking teachers ten summers overseas.
The Two-Cent Piece is Dennis’s first of seven books in the In God We Trust Series from Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.
More from Dennis:
HOMESCHOOLERS, TEACHERS, AND FAMILY MEMBERS –
Coin collecting brings together history, art, and the thrill of discovery.
Children who collect coins will LOOK at coins differently. They can…
Look for people. For example, who is on the nickel? (Hint: Thomas Jefferson)
The new quarters featuring women include coins with Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American movie star; Nina Otero-Warren, who advocated for women’s suffrage and was a government official in New Mexico; and Wilma Mankiller, the Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.
Look for places. The state quarter series includes all of the states like California with Yosemite Valley.
Look for dates. Connect coins to historical events. For example, coins minted in 2001 were minted the same year as the World Trade Center was attacked on September 11, 2001.
Look at coins as art. The people who design coins are artists.
Look for and find coins in change. Let the great adventure begin.
Look and learn why some coins are more valuable than other coins. There is a difference between the face value of a coin (a dime is worth ten cents), and its value to collectors.
Are you a homeschooler, a teacher, or a family member who wants to help children start their first coin collection?
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Rita Wray says
Sounds good, thank you for sharing.
This was such a sweet read! I think it can be hard these days finding good books for kids. This is one I would recommend.
I would love to win this book. Sound like a good read.
My nieces would enjoy this book!