Pretty Penny Makes Ends Meet

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Oh, no! Grandma Bunny's basement has flooded in the middle of the night, and her budget for home repairs is already gone! But Pretty Penny and pet pig, Iggy, waste no time in coming up with a solution to the problem: they will have a jewelry sale to help make ends meet. Will Penny and Iggy be able to make enough money to help Bunny pay for the repair? Or will the pennywise pals end up all washed up? Kids will love this darling addition to the Pretty Penny series that focuses on ...
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Oh, no! Grandma Bunny's basement has flooded in the middle of the night, and her budget for home repairs is already gone! But Pretty Penny and pet pig, Iggy, waste no time in coming up with a solution to the problem: they will have a jewelry sale to help make ends meet. Will Penny and Iggy be able to make enough money to help Bunny pay for the repair? Or will the pennywise pals end up all washed up? Kids will love this darling addition to the Pretty Penny series that focuses on helping others by solving money problems.

Author-illustrator Devon Kinch has created a charming, stylish character with a signature look, just like such classic children's book figures as Madeline, Eloise, and Olivia.

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Kirkus Reviews
In her latest book, Penny uses her craft skills to help her grandmother pay for some home repairs. From page 1, readers who have not read about Penny's previous monetary escapades (Pretty Penny Sets up Shop, 2010, etc.) will be slightly lost, as Bunny (Penny's grandmother), Iggy, (an animated stuffed pig?) and the Small Mall (an attic space for crafting and displaying sale items) are never explained. A noise in the night turns out to be a flood in the basement that will cost $100 to fix(!), but Bunny has spent all the money budgeted for house repairs. Penny sleeps on the problem, waking up with the solution--a jewelry show. After two days of crafting, the Small Mall is ready for friends and neighbors to browse. Though Penny makes $60 from the jewelry sale, she has to subtract the $10 spent on supplies to find their profit. Wooden dialogue and stilted sentences plague this outing, and readers will have to suspend some disbelief to get through it--how are customers to get to a shop in the house's attic? Do Penny and Iggy go to the craft store on their own? And why is the plumber still working and Bunny still mopping two days later? Kinch's digital illustrations are bright and detailed, though there are a few missteps--the shadows are off, and Bunny is far from "knee-deep in water," as described. More than a few pennies shy of a full dollar. (Picture book. 5-8)
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Boom went the pipes and whoosh went the water at bedtime. Penny and Grandma Bunny search for the source of the noise and find the basement flooded with water. Grandma Bunny calls the plumber to assess the cost of the necessary repairs. Grandma is concerned by the estimated charges because she has already spent the money she had set aside for house repairs. Penny decides to help out, and she comes up with a plan to make money to help pay for the repairs. Iggy, her pet piggy, is going to help, too. Penny is going to make jewelry to sell to neighbors and friends. After the last sale of the day, Penny counts her earnings and subtracts the amount spent on jewelry supplies in order to determine her profit. She gives that money to Grandma Bunny for repairing the plumbing. The story is a simplified look at finances. This book is a part of the "Pretty Penny" series, which presents scenarios in which Penny comes up with creative ideas to finance different ventures. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—The "Pretty Penny" series offers financial role modeling by young Penny and her pet pig, Iggy. In this entry, Grandma Bunny's budget is strained by home repairs. Penny wants to help, so she buys supplies, creates jewelry, and sells it to friends and neighbors. She explains how to calculate profit, then donates her earnings and her time to help Bunny fix the plumbing. On the one hand, the storytelling is clunky (this title does not stand alone well) and overly cutesy (there's an anthropomorphic pig in an otherwise realistic story). On the other hand, the book is unashamedly agenda-driven for a good cause: helping children develop a healthy relationship with money. The jewelry-making and shopping aspects may well serve as hooks, especially for girls, and Penny's empowered competence will be attractive to any child. Readers will come away with a clear understanding of how they can earn money, and Penny's noble motives serve to remove any taint of greed from the topic. Naive cartoon illustrations in candy-bright colors add to the cheerful atmosphere. Despite the book's weaknesses, the importance of the topic and the dearth of materials addressing it make this a useful addition for most libraries.—Heidi Estrin, Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375867378
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 1/22/2013
  • Series: Pretty Penny Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,069,502
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.00 (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 area of New York with her husband and daughter. 
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