Sam can hardly wait to go shopping with his mom. It's Chinese New Year's
day and his grandparents have given him the traditional gift of lucky
money red envelopes called leisees (lay-sees).
This year Sam is finally
old enough to spend it any way he chooses. Best of all, he gets to spend
his lucky money in his favorite place Chinatown! But when Sam realizes
that his grandparents' gift is not enough to get the things he wants,
his excitement turns to disappointment. Even though his mother reminds
him that he should appreciate the gift, Sam is not convinced until a
surprise encounter with a stranger.
Now in Chinese, Sam and the Lucky Money celebrates the sights and sounds
of festive Chinatown streets. while telling the affecting story of a
child who discovers that sometimes the best gifts come from the heart.