Martins celebrates first book of three

Martins celebrates first book of three

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Her love for telling stories to children has compelled an education assistant from Oliver to publish her first book.
Carmen Martins received a warm reception during her book signing at Beyond Bliss last week. The book, “The Rich Family,” is the first in a series of three that teaches children about money through adorable coin characters.
As an EA, Martins has been telling stories to children for nearly 20 years. At one point she noticed there wasn’t anything specific to teach children about coins. So she started telling tales using little coin characters. It wasn’t long before other EAs caught wind of this and wanted to tell the same stories to their students.
“Two EAs told me if I didn’t publish these stories, then they would publish them,” Martins laughed.
Her second book, due out before Christmas, tells the tale of the rich family that goes camping. It teaches children about each coin’s value by making a game out of it.
The third book is about a penny named “Penny” and her scary night.
“I want to teach kids in a way they can related to coins,” Martins said.
For example, Nickel is in Grade 5, Dime is in Grade 10, and Quarter is a 25 year old who loves to hunt caribou. The coins become personalities that children can relate to.
Joanne Tanner is Martins’ biggest fan. They have known each other since high school, and Martins has taught Tanner’s two children.
“To see her get a book published has been an amazing journey to watch,” Tanner said.

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