Pennies in a Jar by Dori Chaconas

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When his father goes off to fight in World War II, a young boy promises to be brave. But it isn t always easy. Especially now that he and his mother are alone and the air is punctuated by bursts of loud noises from air raid siren tests.

Lots of things scare him, but especially the street horses: Josephine, who pulls the ragman s wagon and Nell, the milkman s nag, frighten the boy with their big teeth and wild eyes. Even Billy and Bucky, the garbage wagon horses whose feet are as big and heavy as buckets full of iron, make him nervous.

Then one day a stranger with a small pony and a camera comes down the street and gives the boy an opportunity to do something special for his father. But that means digging down deep inside and finding the courage.

About Dori Chaconas

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Dori Chaconas is the author of several picture books, including Pennies in a Jar; Dancing with Katya; Christmas Mouseling; When Cows Come Home for Christmas; and Cork and Fuzz: Short and Tall. She lives in Wisconsin. Ted Lewin has illustrated many award-winning books for children, including Pennies in a Jar and the Caldecott Honor Book Peppe the Lamplighter. He lives in New York.
Published September 1, 2007 by Peachtree Publishers. 36 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In a time when horse-drawn conveyances share suburban streets with automobiles, a young boy painstakingly puts aside pennies in a green glass jar, saving to buy his serviceman dad a special birthday gift.

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