"A freshly minted quarter chattily narrates this lively look at currency," wrote PW, including stops at the grocery store and a boy's piggy bank, among other destinations. "Playful mixed-media art, flippant asides from George and other coins, and occasional puns add to the lighthearted tone." Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
In pleasant and busy format, this informational picture storybook introduces readers to the concept of money, the idea that money circulates and a small historical perspective about money. A quarter tells its story from minting day to what seems to be a day-in-the-life tour of the many ways people use it, spend it and save money. The quarter is change at the grocery store, change in a vending machine, lost and rescued from a drain, and payment in a bunch of other exchanges. Leedy's lively, full-colored, cartoon illustrations depict multiple transactions on a single page, each differentiated by colored background shapes, curving text and flow highways. They feature red-print balloon conversation for the money (yes, the coins talk inside purses and cash register drawers) and green for people conversation. In addition, for those who understand change, there are plenty of simple subtractions and multiplied transactions in thought balloons, notepaper or conversation so that children use math in context. While the book is too animated to make a good read-aloud, it is just right for allowance-earners, a good reminder of the way most of us do business and a fun read. A woman in a motorized wheelchair is one of the many people spending this quarter, a good and tacit reminder that people with disabilities are people first. An author's note of "More about Money" tells why we need money rather than simple barter, how paper currency is designed and why, several web sites to visit and a glossary of money words. It's a little more fun than The Story of Money (Maestro), which takes a more historical and worldwide approach, but both would enrich a classroom math or economics unit. 2002, Holiday House,
— Susan Hepler
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A day in the life of a newly minted quarter, featuring George Washington sporting a rose-colored hair ribbon. The coin has quite an adventurous day; from the Federal Reserve, it makes its way to a local bank where it is picked up by a grocer for his store. The escapade continues-George ends up in such diverse places as a soda machine, piggy bank, toy store, parking meter, pet store, clothes washer, and garage sale, and finally back to the bank. Whew! Along the way, math problems flow naturally through the drama. Checking out at the market, the customer's total comes to $19.75. The audience is persuaded to figure out that the change from a $20 bill equals 25 cents. And so on. Leedy does not worry over bothersome details like sales taxes. Other coins and paper bills are briefly introduced. A "More About Money" section and a list of money words are appended. Leedy's sense of humor, fun, and the absurd shine through here. The large type is all over the place with dialogue and thought balloons and text vying for readers' attention. Cartoon illustrations keep the plot moving along at a steady clip. This is a wonderfully amusing, inviting, and useful title.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
A newly minted quarter rolls out into the wide world in this lighthearted travelogue from the author of Mapping Penny's World (2000). It's a bumpy ride for "George," as he's trucked to a bank, dropped into an alternating series of cash registers and pockets while being used to buy food, toys, pets, and plants, repeatedly lost and found, given to charity, used to pay a debt, and finally returned to the bank in a savings-account deposit. Undaunted, he's ready for more: "I wonder where I'll go tomorrow?" Along the way, he meets other denominations ("Just call me Abe"), and figures prominently in plenty of adding and subtracting while helping to make purchases or change. Leedy mixes images of actual bills and coins into her simply drawn cartoons (page numbers are in currency) and discourses on history, design, and the "50 States Quarters" program too; child readers will never look at their pocket change—or arithmetic, for that matter—in quite the same way. (afterword, glossary) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)