Gabriel Gets a Great Deal

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Gabriel really wants to buy some fancy Fast Kids shoes. But his mom says they can spend no more than thirty dollars. Gabriel searches for a great deal on the shoes. He looks online, goes to the shoe store, and checks a discount store too. Will he find the shoes at a price he can afford? Read this book to find out!

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Overview

Gabriel really wants to buy some fancy Fast Kids shoes. But his mom says they can spend no more than thirty dollars. Gabriel searches for a great deal on the shoes. He looks online, goes to the shoe store, and checks a discount store too. Will he find the shoes at a price he can afford? Read this book to find out!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
More than anything, Gabriel wants to win the monthly race held at his school. When he sees an ad on TV for Fast Kids shoes, with the promise they will make him run as fast as a cheetah, he begs his mom to buy them. Gabriel and his savvy mom embark on a lesson in media literacy, financial literacy, and common sense in this engaging picture book in the "Money Basics" series. While structured as a traditional nonfiction text with a table of contents, index, and glossary, the book tells the story of a fictional boy who learns to be a smart shopper. When the online price plus shipping is more than their $30 budget, Gabriel and his mom visit a local shoe store, find a coupon and visit a second shoe store, and wait to buy a different brand until Gabriel is sure about his decision. Mom never pressures Gabriel, but shares different considerations, such as using coupons, or having money left over for pizza if he spends less than $30. Ultimately, Gabriel asks his mom to take him to the thrift store, where he finds a gently used pair of Cheetah Speed shoes, just the kind worn by Manuela, the winner of last month's race. Kids will identify with Gabriel and his indecision about settling for shoes that are not what he originally wanted. Parents and teachers will appreciate the subtlety of this important lesson about being a careful consumer and understanding the role advertising plays in selling goods. An activity on creating an ad is included at the end of the book. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781467707664
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2013
  • Series: Cloverleaf Books: Money Basics Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,458,658
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.82 (w) x 10.03 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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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