Sunday, December 13, 2009
Millionaire Kids Club: Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home is the third book in The Millionaire Kid$ Club series by Susan Beacham and Lynnette Khalfani-Cox. In this book, Stephanie is upset because her family is losing their home and they are going to have to move. She's scared about getting a new room, that she'll have to go to a new school, and that she will have to leave her cat behind.
Stephanie's father had lost his job several months prior, and the expense of the mortgage has become too much for the family to handle. Their house is going into foreclosure.
The kids are confused about what mortgages and foreclosures are, so they bring an article into class to have their teacher decipher the terms for them. She sends them off to go do some of their own research. They start by looking up the terms on the Internet, then decide to go to Stephanie's house to talk to her parents about it.
Stephanie's parents reassure her about her fears about moving. Their good news is that they have found a house to lease that is still in the neighborhood. She will have a new house, but will go to the same school, and be able to keep her cat.
This book actually tackles two issues. One is to introduce the concepts of mortgage and foreclosure to children. Unfortunately, with the economy the way that it is, these terms are creeping up more and more in family conversations. It supplies just enough information for children to gain a basic understanding, without overwhelming them with too many details. It also speaks to the importance of making sure you can afford something before you try to purchase it.
It also touches on the uncertainty and confusion involved any time a family prepares to move from their home. The scared feelings that Stephanie feels are common amongst children, regardless of the reasons for their move.
This book is definitely more appropriate for older children in elementary school. Again, it can lead to good conversations and lessons in the classroom, and possibly even at home.
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I received a copy of this book to review on my blog.