Grandfather Whisker's Table by Eun-jeong Jo
(Trade Winds)

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Visually evocative of time and place but spoiled by apparently incomplete research and debatable historical claims.
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An engaging story about the world's first bank

Enzo and his father are excited to be in Italy for the Palio di Siena festival. Enzo buys a toy woodpecker for his little brother, but the piazza is so crowded that Enzo worries he will lose it. Luckily, an old man named Grandfather Whisker is loaning and exchanging money at the festival. He agrees to keep the toy safe and gives Enzo a receipt so he can collect it later. But now Enzo must be careful not to lose his receipt amidst all the festivities. 

This latest installment in the Trade Winds series offers readers a relatable story while providing historical information about the first known bank.
 

About Eun-jeong Jo

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Bimba Landmann has illustrated over a dozen children'sbooks, including Clare and Francis, InSearch of the Little Prince, and I Am MarcChagall (all Eerdmans). Bimba was born in Milan, Italy,where she currently lives with her husband and son.
 
Published October 23, 2014 by Big and Small Publishing. 36 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Education & Reference, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Below average
on Mar 20 2017

Visually evocative of time and place but spoiled by apparently incomplete research and debatable historical claims.

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