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Ella Earns Her Own Money
     

Ella Earns Her Own Money

by Lisa Bullard, Mike Moran (Illustrator)
 

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Ella really wants a soccer ball. But she doesn't have enough money to buy one. So she decides to earn her own money. Ella cleans the car for her mom, gives the neighbor's dog a bath, and sells bracelets to her friends to earn cash. Will she have enough money to buy the ball in the end? Read this book to find out!

Overview

Ella really wants a soccer ball. But she doesn't have enough money to buy one. So she decides to earn her own money. Ella cleans the car for her mom, gives the neighbor's dog a bath, and sells bracelets to her friends to earn cash. Will she have enough money to buy the ball in the end? Read this book to find out!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
11/01/2013
K-Gr 2—This series teaches money basics by putting diverse characters into familiar financial situations. For example, in Ella, Ella wants to earn money to purchase a $20 soccer ball. Her mom gives her $2 for allowance, of which she saves 75 cents, shares 25 cents, and puts $1 in her spend jar. Ella then does extra chores, helps neighbors, sells an old game, and finally gets the last amount from grandma after helping her clean the garage. The way the kids earn money, sell items, and interact with parents and other adults is realistic and encouraging. Some of the financials are simplified: there is never any tax to consider, and when selling candy for a camping trip, the cost of the product is not discussed-the entire sale is treated as profit. The illustrations are bold and bright and support the texts. The books all end with an appealing activity. Overall, this series would be valuable at home and at school to prompt discussions about money management.
Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
Ella discovers how to earn money to buy a soccer ball in this colorfully illustrated book in the "Money Basics" series that is part of the Cloverleaf Books collection. Ella wants a new soccer ball that costs $20, but her mother wants Ella to save her money until she is able to buy it herself. Ella starts out with $2, and puts it in jars marked "save, share, and spend." She then starts working for money by doing special jobs such as cleaning the car and helping the neighbors with their lawn and dog. She is able to sell an old game to a friend, and then she learns to make bracelets that she sells. Each time she earns more money, there is a box on the page that shows how much she has added to reach her goal. When she eventually earns all the money she needs, her mother asks if Ella wants to go shopping, but Ella is so tired that she wants to wait until the next day. A "Make a Money Chart" lists the steps to make a chart to keep track of how much money you have earned. There is also a table of contents, a glossary, resources, and an index. Big illustrations enhance the story, and the step-by-step tracking of the money is clearly charted. This text is a good educational tool for children who are learning the basics of counting money, and the story of Ella and her achievements makes it interesting and entertaining. Reviewer: Vicki Foote

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781467715119
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2013
Series:
Cloverleaf Books: Money Basics Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
340L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Lisa Bullard is the award-winning author of more than 60 books for children, including You Can Write a Story: A Story-Writing Recipe for Kids. She teaches writing classes at the Loft Literary Center and regularly visits schools to talk with students about story-writing.

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