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START SAVING, HENRY!

Author: Nancy Carlson

Illustrator: Nancy Carlson

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Publisher: Penguin Group,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Henry is seven. He earns a weekly allowance of $5.00, but he doesn't do a good job of saving it. He finds one toy he is really interested in and tries to save so he can get it. The story shows how he struggles to save enough by not buying things every time he finds something he likes. This is a book that helps kids understand the value of money, saving, and discipline.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Age of Child: Read with a 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter picked this book it because it was about saving money. She enjoyed watching how he spent his money. She also liked how he kept trying to save but it was hard because he found things he wanted. She enjoyed the parts where he tries to earn some money

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked this book! It has a strong lesson about being responsible with your money even when you are just a kid. It was not preachy and yet had a great message that was easy for all children to understand. I wasn’t sure my daughter would like the book as it was about saving and not spending but she did. She actually related to the story and talked about the book later when we were at the store looking at toys.

Pros: This picture book offers kids (and parents) a great message about spending and saving written in an easy to understand and fun way.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is an excellent choice for a school or public library. Parents with kids who want everything or are having trouble saving will find it handy. Plus, borrowing it shows that you are helping them AND saving money, too!

If You Liked This Book, Try: RICH DAD'S ESCAPE FROM THE RAT RACE; How to Become a Rich Kid by Following Rich Dad's Advice   NO SMALL CHANGE   THE MONSTER WHO DID MY MATH

Educational Themes: The key lesson in the story is that you can't have everything you want. Kids can learn not only about saving, but that you need to earn money. Although built around the idea that Henry needs to save money, you can extrapolate goal setting, discipline, and perseverance to any other subject.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, money, growing up

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2009

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