While some children may feel inclined to spend their spare money on toys or snacks, Saruni is collecting his golden coins from something…larger. In My Rows and Piles of Coins, Tanzania is the backdrop of this story about a young boy who earns money by helping his mother sell goods at the local market. His big goal is to earn enough money to buy his own bicycle so he can help transport more goods.
Saruni does not meet his goal instantly. In the midst of working, he must also learn how to ride a large bicycle unaccompanied and the best ways to ride with heavy loads. He also endures negativity from a naysayer. Ultimately, My Rows and Piles of Coins is a great story about tenacity. Like Saruni, children will learn that with hard work and commitment, they can accomplish anything they set out to do.
In the comments below, tell me what kinds of goals you’re helping your little readers attain?
Written by: Tololwa M. Mollel
Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis
Age Range: 4-7 years old