little copper pennies for KIDS

It’s here. Revised edition from Borealis Press (2014).  A TRULY UNIQUE BOOK.

Revised JPG Borealis

Available at or at or directly from the author here. Ask your book seller to order it if it’s not in stock. Books purchased directly from the author retails at a special price of $10.00 plus taxes and shipping, and comes with a shiny keepsake 2012 penny in an acid-free holder.

Revised JPG BorealisThis book is a tribute to the retired Canadian penny. When a young girl finds a lucky penny in the park, her grandpa tells her the penny is no longer lucky as it cannot do what it once used to. He then tells her stories, shown through pictures, of when a penny had power, and captures its history and uses over its 155 years. Vivid illustrations conjure memories of pennies in a fountain, in a cake, for a pony ride, the tooth fairy and much more. The power of pennies is poignantly captured as they team up in a tug-of-war of heads against tails. Alongside the beautiful scenes are facts and fun uses of the penny. Though the little coin no longer has value as a currency, its significance lies in the meaning it brings to daily living, language and learning. A simple rhyming scheme and related art bring out penny sayings such as A Penny for Your Thoughts, or As Shiny as a New Penny or Pennies from Heaven. The penny was originally slated to be eliminated in the fall of 2012, so the story is set against a background of autumn, rendering a lovely complement of the copper-coloured coin and the rich hues of fall. Gorgeous maple trees with colourful leaves echo the maple leaves embossed on the penny’s reverse. Though the copper penny will be phased out of circulation on February 4, 2013, out-of sight must not mean out-of-mind for the new generations.


 Beautifully illustrated  and written,  this book is an attraction for any child. Susan Harris has connected with the true essence of the penny beyond its monetary value. She has skillfully woven humour, nostalgia and factual expressions into simple stories we can easily identify with in our own lives, and appreciate in the lives of others.  I will never view the penny as insignificant or intangible again! Whether you are Canadian or not, you will be inspired to view your country’s lowest currency through fresh lens. The penny has a powerful legacy that is just waiting to unfold…read and see for yourself.”
KAREN BEEKEE, B.Sc. Mathematics
Teacher, 1995-2009

Use the Contact page to a copy of this book in print for $10.00 plus applicable taxes and shipping. (Leave a comment below if you wish.)

” This picture book is more than adventures and tales. It is a legacy with a message. Through the memories, debates and facts, the author not only hones in the riches-to-rags life of the penny steeped in Canadian history, her experience as a school teacher also motivates us to acquire knowledge, remember and to educate the new generations of the little coin’s power. You’ll be moved by the pictures, conveyed to the past, and inspired to appreciate the penny through new eyes.”

See more 5***** reviews on Amazon at

3 Responses to little copper pennies for KIDS

Leave a Reply