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Twenty-two Cents #nfpb15

June 17, 2015

Twenty-two cents

Muhammad Yunus

Picture book biographies about bankers are a rarity, but Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus is worthy of the attention.

In Twenty-two Cents: Muhammad Yunus and the Village Bank, Paula Yoo begins with the everyday acts of kindness his mother demonstrated by sharing food with the poor. Her exampleprimed Yunus to notice inequalities around hi and his father’s interest in education placed him a position to act.

As an Economics professor at Chittagong University had an impact, but his realization that twenty-two cents was keeping a talented artisan, Sufiya, in an inescapable cycle of debt and poverty is what changed the world. The microcredit solution he and his students developed has reached millions and spawned a global response to poverty.

For a topic so new to its reader, the text is rather dense and the addition of a glossary would have been helpful. Yoo does a good job of explaining the barriers poor women in Bangladesh faced when borrowing money, but the text explaining the workings of the Grameen Bank assumes more background knowledge than the intended audience is likely to produce. Nevertheless, it is an informative biography and a good topic to spark conversations about how we can help those in need and the barriers they face. And, clearly others disagree with me. It received a 2015 South Asia Book Award for positive portrayal of South Asia.
South Asia Book Award

Additional Microcredit Resources for Youth

Kids Go Global Microfinance


A Basket of Bangles: How a Business Begins by Ginger Howard

One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference by Kate Milway

The Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge

For this week\’s nonfiction picture book challenge roundup, visit Alyson Beecher's blog, KidLit Frenzy. #nfpb2015

6 thoughts on “Twenty-two Cents #nfpb15

  1. Thanks! An interesting topic, certainly.

  2. Thank you for introducing me to Muhammad Yunus! I will definitely be looking for this PB, so I can learn even more about him.

  3. Earl says:

    I remember checking this out since I wanted to read this and watch the documentary that featured him- To Catch a Dollar.

  4. I own a copy of this book and planning to feature it in the coming weeks. Really good title. Very empowering too.

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