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Author: Jeanette Ramnarine

Illustrator: Franfou Studio

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Publisher: Four Piggies Publishing,

Material: paperback

Summary: The 4 Little Pigs are 4 piggy banks that a 3-year-old boy got as a birthday gift from his parents. Each week he gets an allowance, to be divided among the 4 pigs. They represent SAVING, SPENDING, EDUCATION and CHARITY. The story explains why each of those is important and how the money might be used (and when!). This story teaches young children about saving money.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, transitional reader, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 7; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Reading Level: 3.4

Age of Child: Read with two boys, ages 3 and 5.

Young Reader Reaction: My kids liked the book. They liked discussing what they might do with their own allowances. The pictures are cute and what kid wouldn’t want to talk about getting money to buy ice cream? I think the key is to ignite in your child an excitement for it by talking with them about finances and starting the allowance system at home.

Adult Reader Reaction: I LOVED that this book introduces children to thinking about finances from a perspective that they can understand. I used it to jump-start our own allowance system, with cans for saving, spending, education, charity, etc. This book has started our discussion about being responsible about money, but also about enjoying it. The pictures are cute, and at the end is a table with suggestions about how much money to give a child in allowance based on his age. He liked the story and I think learned something about giving to others in the process. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!

Pros: Great illustrations and a well-written, novel story engage kids in thinking about money. There is also help for parents at the end.

Cons: None!

Borrow or Buy: Buy! But only if you are thinking about and/or ready to introduce an allowance with their child. Otherwise, borrow. It has great lessons on the ways we can use money.

If You Liked This Book, Try: START SAVING, HENRY!   GIVE A GOAT   MAX GETS IT (Can I Have Some Money, Volume 3)

Educational Themes: Financial responsibility. Caring for others. I do think, however, this book is better for at-home reading rather than classroom reading.

Notes: The Reading Tub® picked up this book at Book Expo America. There were no expectations of review associated with this book.
Awards: Moonbeam Children's Book Awards (2009), Mom's Choice Awards (silver, 2009)

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, math, money, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2010

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