by Jeong-hee Nam,
illustrated by Lucia Sforza,
edited by Joy Cowley
This is another book in publisher Eerdmans' Trade Winds series, "an educational series featuring stories set in key periods in the history of economy and culture." Like the other book I've read in this series, the fictional story about the invention of the first coins around 600 BCE feels forced (again, perhaps a weakness of being translated from Jeong-hee Nam's original Korean). Much better are the four pages of information about the development of coinage at the end. In this case, the reading and interest levels for the informational part of the book are a good match to the reading and interest level of the fictional story. Artist Lucia Sforza uses a muted pastel palette for the detailed illustrations, which seem appropriate for the setting in the ancient country of Lydia (in present-day Turkey). However, I'm not sure this book has enough appeal to add this paperback to my university library's collection for future teachers.
© Amanda Pape - 2017
[I received this paperback through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. It will be donated to a library.]