Rock, Brock, and the Savings Shock

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Rock and Brock are twins, but are very different. One day, their grandpa offers them a plan--for ten straight weeks he will give them each one dollar. But there is a catch! For each dollar they save, he will match it. If they spend it, they get nothing.
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Overview


Rock and Brock are twins, but are very different. One day, their grandpa offers them a plan--for ten straight weeks he will give them each one dollar. But there is a catch! For each dollar they save, he will match it. If they spend it, they get nothing.
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"An explanation of compound interest and advice about saving are included."

School Library Journal

Children's Literature
Rock and Brock, twins with very different personalities, are both offered money for doing a few chores for their Grandpa. Each week, Grandpa offers to match the money the boys have saved from the previous week's pay. In this fashion, Brock, who saves his money, has $512.00 to spend at the end of the summer. Rock, who spent his money weekly, is broke. The rhyming text comes across as a little Seuss-like, which may have been an attempt to lure younger readers. At best, it is mildly entertaining; at worst it is annoying. The problem lies with the complicated math, which is beyond most primary students' abilities. This would be a great book to use with older elementary students, who probably will not appreciate the rhyme as much. The last few pages of the book demystify the allowance math with a nifty chart, provide an overview of interest, and a list of saving tricks. This book is not a necessary purchase, but one that would get use if you have a need for a large math collection. The same point could be presented in a more entertaining manner with Demi's One Grain of Rice. 2006, Albert Whitman & Company, Ages 8 to 14.
—Sharon Oliver
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Twin brothers are very different, especially in the way that they deal with money: Rock is a spender and Brock is a saver. Their grandfather hires them to do chores and then encourages them to save by matching the total amount of money that they have accumulated from their pay each week. Brock manages to amass $512 in 10 weeks, while Rock spends his money as soon as he earns it, purchasing a fanciful array of toys, gum, and yard-sale items, all of which are comically depicted in the bright cartoon illustrations. Ultimately, Brock uses his proceeds to buy a fancy telescope and some gifts for family members, generously putting his remaining $50 dollars into a joint savings account that he shares with his brother. Evidently Rock learned his lesson as the tale ends with the twins in their old age as millionaires. A section entitled "Do the Math" contains charts showing the cash accumulation and what would have happened if Brock had spent some money during the 10 weeks. An explanation of compound interest and advice about saving are included. While the rhyming text has some awkward passages, this picture book is a good way to examine the issue of saving vs. spending.-Erlene Bishop Killeen, Fox Prairie Elementary School, Stoughton, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807570944
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Series: The Way I ACT Ser.
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 333,532
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Posted September 18, 2014

    This book received an Association for Gerontology in Higher Educ

    This book received an Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) Children's Book Award in 2009. The book tells the story of how Rock and Brock learned the value of savings from their grandfather. One of the few books that deals with lifelong financial saving and security. A chart at the end of the book shows how savings can grow and there is a discussion about how to become a millionaire by starting saving as a young person.

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