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Rock, Brock, and the Savings Shock

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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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.

Editorial Reviews

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.
From the Publisher

"Rock is a spender and Brock is a saver. 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…this picture book is a good way to examine the issue of saving vs. spending." School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807570944
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Series:
The Way I ACT Ser.
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
504,688
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.33(d)
Lexile:
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Sheila C. Bair is one of the leading financial experts in the world. She has an extensive background in banking and finance and has received several honors for her published work on financial issues, including her educational writings on money and finance for children, and for professional achievement. Among the honors she has received are: Distinguished Achievement Award, Association of Education Publishers (2005); Personal Service Feature of the Year, and Author of the Month Awards, Highlights Magazine for Children (2002, 2003 and 2004); and The Treasury Medal (2002). She lives in Maryland with her husband and children. Barry Gott has illustrated numerous children's books as well as written and illustrated greeting cards.

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