All bookseller links are provided so you can get more information about a book. We have affiliate relationships with Barefoot Books, Amazon.com, and Tapestry Books. All revenue generated from sales through these venues is used strictly to cover website costs and minimize donation requests and fundraising campaigns.
“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” More
Summary: In the Money Kingdom, the Half-Dollars make the rules. When they decide the penny makes no cents, Peasant Penny and her friends add things up to show the rulers they're wrong. This is a picture book with math and life lessons.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Age of Child: Started reading with 4-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He really liked this book. Our preschooler asked for multiple readings at the first sitting, daily reads for about a week, and still, four months later, she'll pull it off the shelf and ask us to share it again.
Adult Reader Reaction: It sounds so simple, but it is engaging and fun. It's been an easy, abstract way to introduce math and move beyond just mere counting. As our listener/reader becomes more sophisticated in her learning (and can tell the story by rote), we can add more sophisticated elements like saving money, self-esteem, individual worth, etc.
Pros: This can be a simple counting/math book, but it's also a nice allegory for treating others with respect and understanding one's own value, too. There is lots of potential here.
Cons: None, really. Only older kids/parents will understand the medieval setting.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! The book has value for toddlers and primary-school children alike.