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Sam And The Lucky Money

11 minutes 22 seconds

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In this colorfully illustrated story, Sam goes with his mother to Chinatown on Chinese New Year's Day to spend his traditional gift of lucky money on whatever he chooses. Despite the fun and excitement of celebration in the streets, Sam is disappointed that the money is not enough for anything he wants-until he meets a stranger who helps him see how lucky his money really is. Based on the book by Karen Chinn, Cornelius Van Wright, and Ying-Hwa Hu.

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Runtime: 11 minutes 22 seconds

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    Cathie R. (Albuquerque, NM)
    February 7th, 2017 at 11:11 PM

    I show Sam and The Lucky Money to my students every year to enrich my Lunar New Year unit. This is a fantastic book/video to teach students about the traditions of this worldly holiday. It also teaches the students compassion for those who are unfortunate.

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    Trish M. (Pittsburgh, PA)
    May 18th, 2016 at 07:27 AM

    Wonderful for teaching world cultures class

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    Cathie R. (Albuquerque, NM)
    February 16th, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    My students were totally engaged.

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    Anonymous (Pittsburgh, PA)
    February 16th, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    Good story and good graphics for students to learn about Chinese New Year and a life lesson as well.