Pretty Penny Comes Up Short

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When Pretty Penny learns that Doodle's Animal Farm is in need of donations, she knows it's up to her and pet pig, Iggy, to save the day! The pair quickly brainstorm a fundraiser—running their very own movie theater. Everyone works hard to ensure the event's success, but at the end of the day, the money raised sure looks tempting to Iggy! Will he find the strength of character to share the proceeds with the animals in need? Or will he have to learn the hard way that dishonesty comes with a high price tag? This ...
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When Pretty Penny learns that Doodle's Animal Farm is in need of donations, she knows it's up to her and pet pig, Iggy, to save the day! The pair quickly brainstorm a fundraiser—running their very own movie theater. Everyone works hard to ensure the event's success, but at the end of the day, the money raised sure looks tempting to Iggy! Will he find the strength of character to share the proceeds with the animals in need? Or will he have to learn the hard way that dishonesty comes with a high price tag? This charming beginning reader about financial and social responsibility brings the successful Pretty Penny franchise to a whole new group of readers—those ready to read on their own.
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BooklistOnline.com, April 12, 2012:
"This leveled reader features appealing characters, widely spaced type, and an easy-to-follow plot, with enough twists to keep emergent readers interested."
Children's Literature - Lisa Colozza Cocca
When Penny learns Doodle's Animal Farm needs money to feed and care for the animals, she wants to help. She decides to raise money for the farm by having a movie day in the yard behind her apartment building. This highly illustrated emergent reader is part of the "Step Into Reading" series. It centers on familiar character in a short, well-spaced text. Readers may enjoy Penny's fun and clever solution to helping the farm. However, the subplot involving her pet pig, Iggy, may be perplexing to readers. Iggy helps out by running the snack stand. As he is working, he thinks about what the money is going for and reasons that he is an animal and he likes to eat, so it is reasonable to use some of the money for food for himself. Penny is not pleased when Iggy buys treats for himself with some of the snack stand money. She decides to punish him for this misunderstanding by having him muck out the animal stalls at the farm. Readers, who associate punishment with purposely making a bad choice, may find Iggy being punished simply because he did not understand the concept to be harsh and unfair. Reviewer: Lisa Colozza Cocca
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375969782
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Series: Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 3 Book
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

DEVON KINCH is the author-illustrator of the Pretty Penny series. It is Devon's belief that young children can avoid financial trouble by learning how to establish a healthy relationship with money at an early age. Devon studied painting and art history, and earned her Master's Degree in Design from the School of Visual Arts in 2009. She lives in the Hudson Valley of New York State, with her husband and daughter.

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  • Posted June 21, 2012

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    Penny’s friend, Buck, tells her about the need for donatio

    Penny’s friend, Buck, tells her about the need for donations at the animal farm where he volunteers so Penny and her friends organize a neighborhood movie theater for the cause. But Iggy the pig uses money that has fallen on the floor for his own treats; his punishment is scooping out pens at the farm.

    This Step into Reading title will amuse children but they may be confused by the fact that although Iggy stole the money, he was under pressure while working the snack stand and put the fallen money under his hat. A good introduction to volunteerism and money management.

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