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There Once Was a Penny

By Mark Restaino

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A penny is worth more than one cent. This thought provoking book reminds us that value and purpose cannot be bought and have no price tag.

Synopsis

Instill in your children their value and purpose in Christ.

This rhyming children’s book, written by youth minister, Mark Restaino, tells the story of a penny and her three different owners as she seeks value and purpose and eventually finds it in the wishful words of a little girl.

Teach your children that value and purpose is found by serving Christ and being an answer to someone else’s prayer.

Invest in a copy today and please share with your church community.

This book teaches some wonderful lessons about value, self worth and hopefulness. In the story, a penny is searching for a sense of purpose and goes on a journey that ultimately leads her to find her true purpose. The penny begins her journey on display in a store. She is polished and shiny and given a high price tag, yet she is overlooked and begins to feel sad a sorry for herself. Until one day, when a fancy woman comes into the store, admires her, and buys her. Penny feels valuable at last! But even though the woman has access to lots of money and fancy things, she proves to be unkind, frivolous and materialistic and penny is tossed away unceremoniously, leaving her feeling distraught, uncertain and hopeless. Just when Penny is starting to lose faith, a little girl finds her and at last she feels special and truly valued.


The story is cleverly told in rhyme, though at times that rhyme feels a little bit forced and doesn't flow smoothly. Each character and event in the story is symbolic of something bigger and deeper than what you learn at the surface. I also like the diversity shown in the temperaments of the female characters and that the penny is female. The book is ripe with valuable discussion topics to invite meaningful discussions between grown ups and children.

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I am a mom to a toddler, a learning specialist at a small progressive school, a born and raised Brooklynite and a lover of travel and discovering new things. I consider myself an open minded, life long learner.

Synopsis

Instill in your children their value and purpose in Christ.

This rhyming children’s book, written by youth minister, Mark Restaino, tells the story of a penny and her three different owners as she seeks value and purpose and eventually finds it in the wishful words of a little girl.

Teach your children that value and purpose is found by serving Christ and being an answer to someone else’s prayer.

Invest in a copy today and please share with your church community.

There once was a penny

As shiny as could be

And every day she wondered

What's out there for me?


You see Penny had spent

Most of her days inside

The drawer of a cash box

And pictured the world outside


Then one day it happened

While lying in the drawer

She was taken out and given

To a customer at the store


“What a beautiful coin”

Said the man as he stared

Penny was pleased

To see how much he cared


The man then took Penny

Straight to his pawn shop

Fitted her with a price tag

And displayed her on the countertop


Penny felt valued

She was one-of-a-kind

And if anyone forgot that

Her fancy tag would remind


As she sat on the counter

Penny smiled and shined

No one wanted her though

They all simply declined


I may be unique

Penny thought in her head

But to be desired is

What I want instead


Then one day it happened

While lying on display

A woman spotted her and

Purchased her that day


“What a beautiful coin”

Said the woman as she stared

Penny was pleased

To see how much she cared


The woman then dropped Penny

Inside her designer bag

And Penny was quickly

Detached from her price tag


With Penny was crammed

The woman’s keys, wallet, and a phone

They would all be taken out

But Penny was left alone


The woman would take out her keys

To drive the new edition

To enter her estate

Or her six-figure position


She would take out her wallet

To give her driver a tip

To show her country club ID

Or pay with a platinum membership


She would take out her phone

To view pictures of friends

To purchase on a whim

Or check out the latest trends


After a couple of weeks

Of never being seen

Penny felt worthless

So ashamed and unclean


I may be desired

Penny thought in her head

But to be purposeful is

What I want instead


Then finally one day

It seemed the woman came through

But she just took Penny out

To scrape gum off her shoe


The woman then dropped Penny

Smack dab on the ground

Deep in the wet mud

As to never be found


Penny was covered

In sticky gum and dirt

The woman simply used her

Penny felt betrayed and hurt


Then one day it happened

While lying in the muck

A small girl found Penny

And changed her luck


“What a beautiful coin”

Said the girl as she stared

Penny was perplexed

To see how much she cared


Penny was dirty

She felt worthless and used

Why did the girl want her?

Penny was very confused


As the girl hugged her tight

She whispered in Penny’s ear

“My family is moving

Far away from here”


“I’m scared to be alone

I’m hoping that you’ll send

Someone to play with.

I wish for a new friend.”


And with that the coin

Was tossed straight in the air

Penny felt free

With this new task that she bear


And then Penny landed

In some water so clear

And her dirt was washed away

Along with all of her fear


Penny was transformed

With the girl’s love and care

Penny had purpose

She became a girl’s prayer


So when you find coins

Toss them in the fountains

Because with faith even

Pennies can move mountains



About the author

I am a full time youth minister and live in the Chicagoland area with my wife and two daughters. I strive to write stories that capture readers' hearts and minds and symbolically share the faith and gospel message. view profile

Published on December 09, 2018

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Genre: Children's Picture Books

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