Pennies for Elephants
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Pennies for Elephants

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Extra, Extra! Three Trained Pachyderms for Sale! When Dorothy and her brother Henry learn that three beloved local circus elephants will soon be retiring, they are shocked and dismayed-but also inspired! The owner has agreed to sell the elephants to the children of Boston if they can raise the $6,000. They have two months. They'll have to contribute every penny they have,...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by Disney-Hyperion
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If you're looking for a picture book that shows just how powerful and determined children can be, look no further than this book. In 1914 the owners of three elephants are retiring and selling their elephants, the children of Boston donate their life savings and do odd jobs for their neighbors in order to raise the needed $6,000. Because of inflation, Judge takes care to include prices such as a car for $495, girls' dresses for 49 cents for comparison. There are newspaper clippings describing th...more
Theresa C
What an inspiring story for children! The fact that this is based on a true story makes it all the more compelling! There are many extension activities that can be done with this 2011 Red Clover nominee. The circus, Fenway Park, and other events taking place during this time period will add interest. Most importantly students will relate their classroom experience of "penny wars" for a special cause to the pennies saved by all the children in the story. What a great wa...more
Bridget R. Wilson
In 1914 Boston, children go without treats and find extra jobs so they can buy three elephants for the local zoo. The story is told through the eyes of one little girl and newspaper clippings.

What I thought: A fascinating story and just think, it's true! I liked everything about this book. Will definitely use it for my next elephant story time. The illustrations were great. I especially liked the newspaper clipping inserts. They added a lot to the story.
Pennies for Elephants is truly a remarkable true story. Never could have imagined children raising 6,000 dollars to buy an elephant. I agree with one of the readers on how children are such hard workers to earn certain amount of money to buy an elephant for the zoo. These children should be acknowledged and look up to by the kids today. Haha. Unfortuantely, most of them are stuck in Instagram/FB/their iphone/etc.
Sam Bloom
I heard Judge speak at ALA, and was excited when this book showed up on my desk the very day of my return! Fun book with wonderful illustrations; based on true story of New England children who helped buy a set of trained elephants for the Boston Zoo. I'm looking forward to reading One Thousand Tracings, another book that Judge talked about.
A nice New England story about how kids in 1914 raised $6000 to buy elephants for a zoo. The newspaper published the names of each contributor everyday, even those who contributed a penny. This is a great story to show community building and how you can do anything if you put your mind to it, and that includes young children.
Historical fiction based upon actual events of 1914 Boston, where the children saved money to purchase elephants for the Boston Zoo. The endpapers would make a great reading to talk about how author's do research to write their historical fiction. Very clever.
A wonderful story, based on a historical incident, that shows what children can do if they work together. Newspaper clippings are used to fill out the story. They add a lot, especially as the text is a little weak. Still, a story children should enjoy.
This was an interesting story. I really enjoyed reading it to children. The story of a group of children who accomplished something incredible through hard work and teamwork. It's very nice, it's true, and it's entertaining.
Love the illustrations in this historical fiction book for kids. It's based on newspaper accounts of kids in Boston working together to raise money to purchase elephants for the zoo.
Michelle Wyatt
FANTASTIC! thsi book was based on a true story, and has all sorts of historical references throughout the book. its awesome!
Inspiring story and gorgeous illustrations. In fact, they are so wonderful, they were the main reason I purchased the book.
This is a good book for historical fiction genre. It is a picture book, but is based on real events.
Dorthy and Henry raise money to save three trained elephants. It is based on actual events.
Based on a true story and a wonderful example of children working together.
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