Children's Literature - Tina ChanAri will start his first job in the summer. He pays income taxes from his earnings, and he makes change from customers’ purchases. He opens a checking account to keep his earnings for college. He makes sure he has at least $25 in his checking account at all times or he will be charged a fee. This means he must balance a checkbook. Meanwhile, Eva, Ari’s older sister, wants to start a gardening business. She calculates how much to charge customers. Eva also wants to rent a small office. She determines the square footage of the office space, and whether the cost is within her budget. If she cannot afford to start a business, she can get a loan from the bank. Before determining the loan amount, she creates a list of all the expenses required to start her business. With a loan comes compound interest, which Eva calculates in addition to the original loan amount. Now that Eva starts her gardening business, she computes her sales. She orders supplies after this is determined. Ari suggests she offer discounts to attract more customers. As Eva thinks this is a great idea, she calculates the discount to offer while still making a profit. Eva hires Ari on commission, which she calculates how much he should earn. After Ari brings seven new customers, she estimates the cost to hire him as a part-time employee. After she hires him, they get more customers. Eva’s gardening business is a success. An enlightening book with color images that highlights the use of math in practical terms. Mathematical questions are asked with the answers at the back of the book. Also included are resources for further information, a glossary, and an index. Reviewer: Tina Chan; Ages 9 to 12.
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