“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Lucky Beans. Written by Becky Birtha and illustrated by Nicole Tadgell. Albert Whitman & Company. c., 2010.
Reading Level: 600L
Synopsis: Marshall Loman and his family are suffering because of the Great Depression and they have to eat beans for dinner almost every night. Marshall notices a sign in a store to guess how many beans in a jar and win a sewing machine and realizes this could help his family out. Marshall and his family work together by using math skills to make their estimate.
Rationale for Classroom Use: This story would be great as a cross-curricular story. You could obviously use it for reading, social studies, and math because it ties in all of these elements.
Common Core Connection: You could discuss life for African Americans and other families during the Great Depression when discussing U.S. History in Social Studies. It would also be a great book to use in a math unit on measurement and estimation.