Start Saving, Henry!

Start Saving, Henry!

by Nancy Carlson
     
 

Henry's finally old enough to get an allowance, and he can't wait to spend it every week on giant jawbreakers, a huge pencil, and other silly things. But when Henry finds something he really wants, he discovers that saving money can be more difficult? and more rewarding-than he ever imagined.

With candy-bright artwork, a popular main character, and a story that

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Overview

Henry's finally old enough to get an allowance, and he can't wait to spend it every week on giant jawbreakers, a huge pencil, and other silly things. But when Henry finds something he really wants, he discovers that saving money can be more difficult? and more rewarding-than he ever imagined.

With candy-bright artwork, a popular main character, and a story that every child will relate to, Nancy Carlson's new book makes perfect 'cents' for young readers!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michele C. Hughes
Henry the mouse returns in this tale of kindergarten-age economics. Now that he earns five dollars a week for doing his chores, Henry is able to dive into consumerism: he buys a big bag of jawbreakers, an impractically large pencil, and an automated gypsy game tells him an implausible fortune. When a thirty dollar toy catches his eye, his mother encourages him to save his allowance until he has enough for it. As he approaches his savings goal, various expenditures—both foolish and wise—prevent him from achieving it. Then Grandma shows up and saves the day with her surprise gift. Henry decides to spend his saved twenty-five dollars generously on others, then looks toward a new savings goal for another big-ticket toy. The reader gets the feeling that this time Henry will make it to his goal—and that they can, too. Vibrant and charming single-page spreads show Henry's journey with spot-on facial expressions of earnestness as he works toward his goal; angst as he makes some missteps, and joy as he enjoys the spoils of "almost" reaching his goal, but then enjoying Grandma's gracious gift nonetheless. At the top of the pages where he is saving or spending, there is a bar graph of five dollar bills illustrating how far he is toward his goal, a brilliant visual depiction of what saving looks like and how progress can fluctuate based on one's choices. With a charming story and engaging illustrations, Start Saving, Henry! gives readers an excellent introduction to practical economic principles at their level. Reviewer: Michele C. Hughes
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Henry, a seven-year-old mouse, receives a weekly allowance of $5 for helping around the house. He spends it on toys, snacks, and fun. When he sees a $30 Super Robot Dude and really, really wants it, Mom suggests that he could save his money for it. Henry saves some, and spends some, and when he's almost at his goal, he uses most of his earnings to buy a birthday present for his mother. The cheery illustrations show a busy family of gray mice with deep-pink ears. Henry's spending and saving are highlighted in a "flow chart" at the tops of the pages with six places for $5 bills (filled in or empty depending on how rich Henry is at the moment) and a Super Robot Dude. Finally, when he has almost all of the necessary cash, Grandma comes to visit—bearing a Super Robot Dude. This is not necessarily the message one wants to give young readers. Learning to save money and to postpone gratification doesn't mean that you will get what you want another way and still have all that saved money, even though Henry does use it to buy ice cream for a family treat. However, this simply told story is an acceptable choice as a basic introduction to money management.—Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670011476
Publisher:
Viking Juvenile
Publication date:
09/03/2009
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
5 Years

Meet the Author

Nancy Carlson has written and illustrated many beloved books for young readers. She lives with her family in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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