New Children’s Book Proves That Money Does Grow on Tree’s
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Since: Jun 06
#1 Jun 13, 2006
Matthew Lynch of Jackson, MS is a young man who has experienced a lot of success over the past couple of years. He just published his first book, his second book is about to be released, and started his own company; all in a span of 14 months. In his second book, Matthew and the Money Tree, he tackles the issues of poverty and greed.
While he was pursuing a Master’s in Elementary Education at Jackson State University, the majority of his class projects focused on literacy, and more specifically children’s literature. When he started researching this genre of literature, he came to the conclusion that there was a scarcity of quality children’s literature for, and about people of color. Most of the books that he found were not even written by African American authors. Mr. Lynch wanted to create a children’s book based on an authentic African American folktale.
His thoughts immediately reverted back to his childhood. Growing up in Hazlehurst, MS, there was a legend in the family about an old man and a money tree. The old man who had worked his whole life as a field laborer, but since he didn’t have any family, he always had a surplus of money. Some nights he could be seen walking through the woods, always stopping at a certain tree. By the time he died, the old man had amassed a small fortune, but no one, not even his friends, knew exactly what happened to his money, so they theorized that he buried it beneath the aforementioned tree.
Mr. Lynch was 7 years old when he first heard the story. His mind immediately began to fantasize. He believed that this money tree really existed and had money for leaves and coins for seeds. He would leave home every morning looking for it, but never found the tree. Although it was frustrating, it was a way to pass time and have fun doing it. Matthew and the Money Tree is the first installment in a series of children’s books; based on Mr. Lynch’s childhood experiences. Be on the lookout for the next book about Matthew and his adventures.
Matthew and the Money Tree is a wonderful tale for children and adults alike. Matthew and the Money Tree is unique, because in today’s society money and riches are overly coveted. This book teaches the moral lesson that you do not need money to be happy. Matthew is a delightful character that gives children the idea that the simple things in life are the true keys to happiness. A must have for children of color.
Matthew and the Money Tree, can be pre-ordered by visiting the following websites: www.amazon.com or ww.bn.com . Booksellers can order copies through Baker & Taylor or by calling Lynch Publishing at (601) 506
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