The Power of the Penny -- Abraham Lincoln Inspires A Nation

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How one small book is changing America's perception of a penny's worth!

a fantastic book to assist in developing the inner resilience children need to cut their own path.

Kicking off the finale of Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial, a new children's book, THE POWER OF THE PENNY by Los Angeles-based author, Elaina Redmond is a call to action, inspiring readers to service, kindness, and embracing civic values. This book engages our "littlest citizens" to value money beyond its material worth, and to live a hero's path of character like Abraham Lincoln.

THE POWER OF THE PENNY is the first children's book to capture in poems and activities the metaphorical relationship between the penny, the Founding Fathers and Abraham Lincoln's vision for a nation built on hard work, self-reliance and inclusion. Illustrated by DC Marvel Spiderman and Superman cartoonist, Scott Stewart, the book uses the penny to educate kids ages 6-12 about cherished American values such as character, honesty, kindness and wisdom.

Among Redmond's many fans is Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan who calls THE POWER OF THE PENNY "a fantastic book to assist in developing the inner resilience children need to cut their own path." Author Redmond considers herself the penny's biggest advocate she says "holding a penny is like cradling a national treasure. It symbolizes American values reminding us of Abraham Lincoln's legacy of compassion and dedication to equality in the world."

THE POWER OF THE PENNY stands as a testimony to the roots of the nation and reminds adults and children that, 'In small ways, we can make Big Change.' The book has become a national goodwill campaign for Miss Redmond as she engages kids to collect pennies, make wishes and drop them into their own Penny Wish Box. When the box is filled, she says "kids can donate the pennies to a cause of their choice." This participation in service coincides with the national volunteerism movement by local mayors and the entertainment establishment happening in October.

Ms. Redmond kicks off autumn in Los Angeles with a costume party celebrating Honest Abe's 200th Birthday at The Grove, Sunday, October 18, from 2 to 4 PM, for kids ages 6 - 12. Orchestrated with Barnes & Noble, the event will feature a Penny Wish Box, a ten minute play, singers Kelly Crook(#1 hit for tweens,'Can't stop') and Joseph Castonon, (young star in Adam Sandler's, film 'Click'), costume walk (winners in 3 categories, include best- outrageous, prettiest, and time period piece before 1865) prizes will be given out. Ms. Redmond is asking folks to bring pennies to be donated to a local charity.

For additional information including activities such as how to make a Penny Party with Penny Hunts and other free resources for teachers, parents and kids, visit the book's website at:

About the Author: Elaina Redmond is originally from upstate New York and Florida, and now resides in Los Angeles. At age seven, she was struck with an epiphany to become like Abraham Lincoln. As an adult, she wrote a poem about the 16th President, which became the heart of THE POWER OF THE PENNY.

By Elaina Redmond
Illustrated by Scott Stewart
From Spencer Publishing, distributed by Midpoint
40 pages
Price: $18.09
ISBN: 978-0-9815515-0-0

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 5, 2009
Gabriel Eagleson,
Spencer Publishing
(310) 927-7958

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