Save It!

Nancy Paulsen Bks. Sept. 2019. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781984812407.
PreS-Gr 1–In her latest picture book on financial literacy, McLeod introduces the concept of saving money. Honey has had enough of her noisy siblings. She wants to move out! But a house is just too expensive, and her parents can’t afford to buy one for her. Rather than sulk, Honey decides to aim for the next best thing: a playhouse. For five weeks of work, the hardworking little rabbit can earn the five carrots needed to afford one. But then, she realizes that she still wants to spend her carrots on the things she likes. Back to the planning chart she goes. By learning how to manage her money, Honey not only accomplishes her goal, but has the tools to attain future dreams. McLeod, who is an accomplished political cartoonist, has created an engaging picture book on basic financial literacy that specifically focuses on developing good habits, such as management, working hard, and responsible spending. She also demonstrates some basic addition, subtraction, and multiplication, which educators and caregivers can build upon. With the charming cartoon designs, personable handwritten text, and relatable narrative keeping their attention, many children will find it easier to absorb this fundamental topic.
VERDICT An engaging addition for early grade classes learning the most basic aspects of financial literacy and responsibility. By far, one of the most age-appropriate books on this topic.

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