Sunday, December 13, 2009
The Millionaire Kids Club: Penny Power
Penny Power is the fourth book in The Millionaire Kid$ Club series by Susan Beacham and Lynnette Khalfani-Cox. In this book, the kids' teacher, Mrs. Berry, invites them to search out the meaning behind the phrase, "A penny saved is a penny earned." She also wants them to investigate how one penny can turn someone into a millionaire, ten pennies can cure a disease, and 100 pennies can help lots of children.
The four friends, Isiah, Dennis, Sandy, and Stephanie, get together that Friday after school to start strategizing how to go about researching their assignment. Sandy talks to her mother, who teaches her about the power of interest in a savings account. Isiah reads through old newspapers and finds out about President George W. Bush asking all of the children in America to send in $1 to help children in Afghanistan. And Stephanie and Dennis learn about the March of Dimes from the librarian. On Monday, they present their findings to their class.
This book is an interesting look at how small amounts can quickly add up to be worth so much. It's another good lesson about saving money, even if it is only one penny at a time. And it's a good reminder that children can easily help others, even if it is only $1 at a time.
Again, this book is more appropriate for the elementary crowd, as opposed to the age groups in my classroom. Nevertheless, it is a another good compliment to any discussion or study of money for kids.
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I received a copy of this book to review on my blog.