Miss McGillicuddy's simple country routine continues through-out the year in spite of a very unusual tree growing in her yard.
About the Author
Husband and wife duo Sarah Stewart and David Small have worked together on several picture books, including The Gardener, a Caldecott Honor book available from Square Fish. Small has also illustrated other books, including the 2001 Caldecott Medal winner So You Want to Be President?, by Judith St. George. Stewart and Small live in a historic home on a bend of the St. Joseph River in Michigan.
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Discussion/Activities for The Money Tree
What does the title page suggest about the setting of the book?
The book begins in January, when it is cold outside and snow is on the ground. Study the picture on the first page of the story. What are
Miss McGillicuddy's wintertime activities?
Discuss how her activities change with each month of the year.
Miss McGillicuddy has a May Day celebration for the children who live near her farm. She gives each of them money from the money tree. Count the children who come to Miss
McGillicuddy's party. If she gives each of them five one-dollar bills, how much money does she give away?
Make a money tree for the classroom. Have students make one-dollar, five-dollar, and tendollar bills to attach to the tree. Divide the class into small groups and ask each group to create a math problem using the money tree.
In July, town officials ask Miss McGillicuddy if they can take money from the tree for some special projects. Brainstorm ways the community might use the money (e.g., a public swimming pool, a park or playground for children). Divide the class into groups, and ask each group to select a project to present to
Miss McGillicuddy. Instruct them to provide an artistic rendering of the project, and offer an oral sales pitch.
Ask students to write a thank-you note to Miss
McGillicuddy from the mayor of the town. The note should include a description of the community project that the money funded.
Discuss why Miss McGillicuddy is never interested in the money for herself. Why is she relieved when the leaves on the money tree turn yellow and brown? How is her life better when she cuts down the tree? What does the tree offer Miss McGillicuddy that it doesn't provide anyone else?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is what happens when a tree starts growing where Miss McGillicuddy didn't plant one and the leaves are money. She just lets people take the money. But they keep coming and don't leave her alone. It ends, with Miss Mcgillicuddy having some boys cut it down and uses the wood in the winter. If you have a money tree, people will bother you, but I would still want one.