Title: Sam and the Lucky Money
Author: Karen Chinn
Illustrator: Cornelius Van Wright
Publisher: Lee & Low Books (1995)
It is Chinese New Year and Sam received four red envelopes, each containing a dollar. “Sam’s grandparents gave him leisees every New Year. Each envelop was decorated with a symbol of luck.” He is excited to spend his lucky holiday money and visits Chinatown with his mother. His joy turns to disappointment when he doesn’t have enough money to buy what he wants. Despite his mother reminding him to appreciate the gifts, he is still not happy. He encounters a barefoot stranger. Sam realises he is “the lucky one” and thoughtfully passes his “lucky money” to the man.