Lucky Jake, written by Sharon Hart Addy and illustrated by Wade Zahares, is the story of all the luck Jake and his pa encounter while panning for gold. Shortly after finding a gold nugget in the creek, Jake and Pa acquire a pig, corn, and a goat. Yet, before they quite realize what’s happened, they’ve started a restaurant and a general store!
All this luck is the result of Jake’s ingenuity and the hard work of this father and son. A discussion of trade, bartering, the lives of gold prospectors, and, most importantly, God as the true source of the all the good things we experience can stem from this book. The illustrations in this book are especially unique, and students can take time to discuss Zahares’ use of perspective and color.