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Children's Book Review: The Two-Cent Piece by Dennis Conrad



Book Title:  Marcus and the Emperor's Coin (In God We Trust Series) by Dennis Conrad 
Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  52 pages
Genre:  Christian Children's Picture Book
Publisher:  Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.
Release date:   September, 2022
Content Rating:  G. This book is for children. There are Bible verses. There is no offensive language.
 
About the Book
 Anne wonders what secret her three older brothers are hiding. When she finds out they joined to fight with the Union Army and would leave the next day, she gives them each one of her favorite two-cent pieces and says, “I want you to take one of my new two-cent pieces. I learned these coins are the first to have the words ‘In God We Trust.’ I just memorized Psalm 91:2. ‘I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.’”

Out of a heart of love, Anne gives six of her special coins away hoping the message on the two-cent pieces will strengthen each person’s faith.
 
My Review


The Two Cent Piece Offers a Unique Blend of History and Faith. This picture book is loaded with conversation starters, historical insights and facts for young readers and parents or caregivers. From learning about unique coins, opening discussion about US history and the Civil War, and lessons in Faith, hope. and strengthening trust in God--this book holds a lot for Christian readers! This book is a step back in time as the main character Anne sends her two-cent pieces on emotional, faith-filled journeys during a difficult historical time.  The book ends with a resource section dedicated to the Scripture introduced and learning more about some of the terms and information included, and some extra resources to further engagement.
 
The Author and Illustrator Create an Engaging Story.  The simple illustrations highlight the characters' emotions and set the historical scenes for the text.  This story is a little heavier-handed in its messages of faith--opening the door for various family discussions and learning opportunity.  The story engages readers on many levels from start to finish.
 
Would I Recommend The Two-Cent Piece? This book is a wonderful little story to share messages of faith and trust in God with young readers. While the book could be read and enjoyed by an independent reader, many subtle messages make it perfect as a family storytime read or read-along. This book is perfect for families interested in educational stories that hold Christian themes.  I would definitely recommend this book and the series for families with multiple children as the messages are relatable and adaptable for various ages.  
 
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Book Title:  Marcus and the Emperor's Coin (In God We Trust Series) by Dennis Conrad 
Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  52 pages
Genre:  Christian Children's Picture Book
Publisher:  Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.
Release date:   October 30, 2023
Content Rating:  G. This book is for children. There are three Bible verses. It has no bad language. May God get the glory for all those who read and whose hearts are changed by reading the book.



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About the Book


Marcus and the Emperor’s Coin is an exciting adventure in the Ancient Roman Empire at the time of Christ. Eight-year-old Marcus and his father are on a mission for the Emperor and visit a mine and a mint where coins are made. Marcus finds himself making a denarius, a coin with the emperor’s image.

Marcus goes to Jerusalem where he sees Jesus hold a denarius saying, “Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” What will seeing Jesus mean for Marcus, and will he ever be the same again?
 
 


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Meet the Author
A former coin collector for over fifty years, Dennis combines his love for the Bible, children’s literature, and sharing stories about the history behind coins.

Dennis retired as a professor of speech communications from Barstow Community College. He and his wife served as English and public speaking teachers ten summers overseas.

Dennis became a sustaining member of the Numismatic Association of Southern California in 1979. He is also a life member of the American Numismatic Association.

Dennis is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and a Fellow of the National Writing Project.

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  1. I think reading this book might encourage a new family hobby - collecting and studying coins.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  2. I think this sounds like a great book for me to share with my kids!

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  3. As an author, my hope is that readers will engage with the story and with coin collecting. There are so many lessons I learned from being a coin collector. Fortunately, I get to combine my passion for writing with coins and collecting. May all who read the book be blessed.

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