Make Money! Do Yard Work is part of Amicus Publishing's "Make Money!" series presenting financial literacy concepts and basic business accounting in a fun, colorful way. Based on the premise that children should work for things they want to buy, this book follows a young girl who would like to buy a $100MP3 player. Written in an interactive text, the boy discusses yard work with his parents and creates a flyer to let neighbors know he is in business. Through trial and error, over a series of days, after purchasing tools with his $10 savings, the boy does a variety of yard work activities from planting flowers to weeding and watering. One important message is that a good salesman must know what his clients want, not just offer what they want to sell. By the time fall rolls around, the boy has enough money for his MP3 player, and his customers now want raking...and in winter they want snow shoveling. So, the young man's summer business becomes a year round business. A "Counting Your Money!" chart at the back of the book shows a handwritten notebook paper tally of costs and income from May through August. A six word glossary includes pertinent words including advertise, customer, diversify, flyer, problem solving, and word-of-mouth advertising. The "Read More" and "Websites" page provide informative guides for further study on both earning money and the gardening, in particular. Reviewer: Debra Lampert-Rudman
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—This series focuses on jobs children can have now as opposed to when they grow up. Each title begins with a child who wants something-a new skateboard, MP3 player, etc.-and finds a way to earn the money to buy it. The short, interesting texts cover figuring costs, finding a customer base, and advertising. They also deal with making eco-friendly choices, skills needed and correcting mistakes, and conclude with a balance sheet of income and expenditures. The multicultural characters and cartoonlike illustrations are done in bold, fun colors.