I'M A LITTLE PENNY
By Laurie B.,
Third Grade, 1968
P.S. 87, New
I travel around on
Halloween. I might go to Africa or to a desert. I might go to a little
girl or even a little boy. If they get me I hope they will keep me, but
they might sell me for some milk or eggs, or even vitamins and shots for
health. I might be in a lady's purse and she might take me out.
I have a lot of friends like
nickels, quarters, dimes, and sometimes I'm with dollars. I like being with
millionaires because then I can have many friends.
I like being a penny. I am
a 1968 penny. I hope I will come into somebody else's purse or wallet. But
now I'm with a skinny lady who is rich. I like the lady I'm with but
sometimes I get bored.
I was once with a lady who
gave me away to a little girl, and the girl threw me and she stepped on me
and I was very badly hurt; she didn't care about me. Once the girl showed
me to a boy, and she gave me to the boy and told him, "I hate that penny!"
The boy asked, "Why?" And she had no answer. The boy said, "You should not
hate that penny if you don't know why you hate it." She said, "I don't know
why I said that." The boy said, "I will take that penny if you don't like
So the boy took me. He sold
me for some candy, and then I was in a lady's cash register. When the store
closed, I was all alone. I was scared. The food looked like scary faces.
In the morning the store opened. The lady gave me away to another lady for
Soon it was Halloween. The
lady I was with gave me away to a little girl who was dressed in a tiger
costume. I got flipped into a little box called the UNICEF box. And then I
went to another house with the girl. A nickel dropped in and I stayed with