Fifteen Dollars and Thirty-five Cents: A story about choices

Fifteen Dollars and Thirty-five Cents: A story about choices


Written by Kathryn Cole and Illustrated by Qin Leng


Making the right choice is not always easy

When Joseph and Devon find money in the schoolyard the two friends have different thoughts about what they should do. Joseph thinks they should keep it, but Devon thinks they should try to find out who lost it. When he sees their classmate Lin looking upset and looking for the same amount of money they found, he is sure that “finders keepers” isn’t the best rule to follow. But convincing Joseph to do the right thing isn’t going to be easy. How can Devon keep his friend and see that Lin gets her money back? 

It takes some courage and resourcefulness, but in the end, Devon proves to be a good friend to both Joseph and Lin. And, even though it was hard, making the right choice makes everyone—especially Joseph—happy.

Book Three in the new I'm a Great Little Kid series, developed by Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre

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About the Author

Kathryn Cole has spent a forty-five-year career in children’s books as an illustrator, art director, editor, designer, and publisher at Scholastic, OUP, Stoddart Kids and Tundra Books. The books she has overseen have won multiple awards, including four Governor General’s Awards. Kathryn volunteered as a support to parents for thirteen years with BOOST in their crisis support and court preparation groups. She is co-managing editor at Second Story Press and lives in Toronto.

About the Illustrator

Qin Leng was born in Shanghai, China and lived in France before moving to Montreal. She always loved to illustrate the innocence of children and has developed a passion for children's books. She now works as a designer and illustrator in Toronto.

Product Information

  • Release: September 8, 2015

  • $15.95 Hardcover with Jacket

  • 24 Pages

  • 8.5 x 8.5

  • Children's Fiction

  • Ages 5-8 / Grades 1-3

  • ISBN: 9781927583821


  • Character Education
    > Empathy
    > Family & Friendship
    > Self-Esteem

Praise for Fifteen Dollars and Thirty-five Cents

"Toronto illustrator Qin Leng presents a diverse cast of characters in publishing veteran Kathryn Cole's latest addition to the I'm a Great Little Kid series, which focuses on helping young readers with self-esteem, communication, and making good choices. Joseph and his friend Devon each face a difficult decision after Joseph finds money in the schoolyard. The lessons are clear, but Cole delivers them with style, subtlety, and a dash of humour." - Quill & Quire

"A multi-national cast of kids explore the meaning of the Golden Rule, when Joseph and Devon find money in the schoolyard.... Helpful suggestions for exploring the lessons in 'Fifteen Dollars and Thirty-Five Cents' are included at the end of this delightfully illustrated story about doing the right thing." - Midwest Book Review

"The story is simple but gets the point across about making the right choices, about friendship, honesty, and “doing the right thing”, without being too preachy. The cast of characters are diverse and the issues dealt with in the story are ones that kids can relate to." - Deakin Review of Children's Literature

"Children face moral dilemmas in their lives and to tell or not to tell is a big one. Without being too didactic or prescriptive in its message delivery, the story solves the predicament with sensitivity and nuance... This book is an excellent starting point for discussion with students (Grades 1 to 3) involving character, especially as it pertains to honesty, integrity, respect for people and property, caring, and choosing wisely." - Professionally Speaking Magazine