Little Critter: Just Saving My Money (My First I Can Read!) By Mercer Mayer

Little Critter: Just Saving My Money (My First I Can Read!)
Mercer Mayer
HarperCollins (2010)
ISBN 9780060835576
Reviewed by Madison Schlarman (age 4) and Mom for Reader Views (07/10)

Uh oh! Little Critter’s skateboard is broken! He needs a new one. When he asks his dad for a new one, his dad says, “You need money.” Little Critter counts his money but does not have enough. He offers to do chores to earn more and buy his new skateboard. After doing various chores and making more money, dad brings him to the bank to open a savings account. Little Critter learns the bank is a place where he can easily track how much money he has and keep it safe. After more doing more chores he finally had enough money! When he gets to the store he decides he doesn’t want a skateboard anymore! Instead he buys a robot dinosaur, and is so happy he decided to save his money and get something he really wants!

Madison:

“His skateboard broke, it was sad. His skateboard didn’t have any wheels on it. He needed to get a new one. He did chores to get money. He fed the dog, he dropped dishes, and he sold lemonade. He packed his toys up and put them away. He saved money. He took it to the bank, and they counted it. He bought a dinosaur! It’s great!! It was so cool. I liked the dinosaur. I want to get a dinosaur!”

Mom:

This book was wonderful as Mayer’s books always are! It did a really good job of explaining the process of saving money and going to the bank at a little kid’s level of understanding. My daughter loves this book and we have read it many times. The illustrations are wonderful. Madison is able to “read” the book without reading the words by looking at the pictures on the pages. At her age this is wonderful because it helps her to recall the story as I am reading it to her. She also is able to “read” it to herself. I would highly suggest “Little Critter: Just Saving My Money” to all parents. It can be read for fun or as a tool to help teach your children the value in saving.

 

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