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The Wishful Penny

Narrated by: January M. Akselrad
Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
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Have you ever wished on a coin? Have you ever held a coin and wondered... who held it before me? Travel through time with one 1943 Lincoln Cent and you will never look at a penny lying on the ground the same way again!

After wishing on a shiny new 1943 Lincoln cent, Mr. Pup, the ice cream man, tosses it into a fountain. "Penny" hopes to make his wish come true. When she joins a coin collection inside a safe, Penny tells the exotic coins about Mr. Pup's secret wish. From the shadows, the oldest coin in the safe whispers, "See the wish, and the wish will come true." What does that mean?

It takes fifty years of travel, an ice cream truck, a cupful of free pennies, math homework and a magnet to reveal the surprising truth about Penny's real worth and the power of wishing. Penny's history-packed adventures teach young listeners aged 7-11 about the U.S. Mint, coin collecting, Abraham Lincoln, the value of being different and how to make wishes come true.

This Unabridged Audio of the Mom's Choice Award-Winning chapter book by Jennifer Jo Young is dramatically read by performer January Akselrad with a different voice for each coin and character. The Wishful Penny was fact-checked by the American Numismatic Association, the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the Philadelphia Mint Public Affairs Department. It is listed in college bibliographies of teacher resources for historical fiction.

©2003 Jennifer Jo Young (P)2013 See The Wish

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