Money for Toys

Money for Toys

by Mary Elizabeth Salzmann
     
 

Money matters! Things like price, quantity, and quality matter too. This series will help you think about how you spend and save your money. In each book, you'll meet a new character. Follow them and their friends as they make decisions about money. You'll learn math skills that you can use every day!

Overview

Money matters! Things like price, quantity, and quality matter too. This series will help you think about how you spend and save your money. In each book, you'll meet a new character. Follow them and their friends as they make decisions about money. You'll learn math skills that you can use every day!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dianne Ochiltree
This title in the "Looking Glass Library" collection from Magic Wagon/ABDO publishing group proves that money matters, no matter your age. Here, a young girl—Olivia—gets money from her parents to spend at a toy store. Olivia also has her weekly allowance to add to the fund. Each time, Olivia must figure out how much money she can spend without going over budget. Anything left over goes into her piggybank, which is displayed prominently on the page after each transaction. Each trip to the toy store becomes more complex, as Olivia learns comparison shopping: she weighs the merits of price, quantity and quality in pursuit of value—the ultimate goal of all consumers, young or old. The book teaches math skills (addition and subtraction) along with the numeric values of common coins and paper currency. The pages are crowded with cartoon illustrations, math calculations, and text but it's very child-friendly and easy to read. Parents, teachers and students will like using this combination storybook/workbook. Kids will gain money smarts and math skills that will prove useful every day! Includes a glossary and tips for finding the best value when shopping for toys. Reviewer: Dianne Ochiltree
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2�4—Salzmann successfully deposits practical math into the hands of young consumers with a winning combination of fun graphics, sassy dialogue, and easily understood information. Mason (School) and Olivia (Toys) have a bit of money from their parents, and the audience shares in their decision-making process as they choose how best to spend and save along the way to buy an item they really want. Charts and nuggets of text in bold colors explain how to organize money to count it more efficiently; to buy based on value; and how to add savings and subtract costs to determine the amount accumulating in a pudgy piggy bank. While Mason and Olivia make sound financial decisions, some peers do not, and this is followed by cheeky exchanges between the successful pair and their counterparts. The cartoon characters have overly large heads and amusing expressions. The books conclude with further advice on spending wisely. Covering a range of concepts from the basics of addition and subtraction to the life skill of financial prudence, these volumes are worthy additions.—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616410322
Publisher:
ABDO Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Series:
Your Piggy Bank: A Guide to Spending & Saving for Kids!
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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