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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Paperback: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; Reprint edition (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823417948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823417940
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 9.7 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A freshly minted quarter chattily narrates Leedy's (The Furry News: How to Make a Newspaper) lively look at currency. "Ouch!" complains George as he is stamped at the mint; "Let me out of here!" he yells as the bag holding him and other coins gets loaded onto a truck bound for the Federal Reserve Bank. The quarter's next stop is a local bank, after which his itinerary includes brief stops at a grocery store, a vending machine, a boy's piggy bank and the cash registers of various merchants. Several additional misadventures would flip out any self-respecting coin: George rolls close to a storm drain and, forgotten in another owner's pocket, tours a washing machine while chiming, "Money makes the world go round." Along the way, characters calculate the amounts of their purchases in stores and compute a weekly salary, among other math exercises. Playful mixed-media art, flippant asides from George and other coins, and occasional puns add to the lighthearted tone. An endnote relates ideas and facts about money. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-A day in the life of a newly minted quarter, featuring George Washington sporting a rose-colored hair ribbon. The coin has quite an adventurous day; from the Federal Reserve, it makes its way to a local bank where it is picked up by a grocer for his store. The escapade continues-George ends up in such diverse places as a soda machine, piggy bank, toy store, parking meter, pet store, clothes washer, and garage sale, and finally back to the bank. Whew! Along the way, math problems flow naturally through the drama. Checking out at the market, the customer's total comes to $19.75. The audience is persuaded to figure out that the change from a $20 bill equals 25 cents. And so on. Leedy does not worry over bothersome details like sales taxes. Other coins and paper bills are briefly introduced. A "More About Money" section and a list of money words are appended. Leedy's sense of humor, fun, and the absurd shine through here. The large type is all over the place with dialogue and thought balloons and text vying for readers' attention. Cartoon illustrations keep the plot moving along at a steady clip. This is a wonderfully amusing, inviting, and useful title.
Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

I've been writing and illustrating picture books for children for over twenty-five years. Though I majored in art in college, at the time I wasn't sure what kind of artist to be. Fortunately, it turned out that combining words and art to create picture books was a perfect career for me. Most of my books center around a particular topic such as fractions, the solar system, writing, and other math, science, and language arts curriculum content. The characters and story lines help to put the subject matter into a meaningful context for young readers.

After growing up mostly in Delaware, I moved to central Florida in the mid 1980s and currently live with my husband Andy on a three acre property with hawks, herons, and horses (the horses live next door.) We love the rustle of the pine needles in the breeze, the screeching of sandhill cranes flying overhead, and the chattering of many small birds that come and go as they please.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
A clever look at money and where it might travel throughout its life. Mostly we follow a quarter as it gets minted, sent to a bank, then travels throughout a city (from a grocery store to a parking meter to a garden center) and finally back to the bank. Math is included throughout the book, and readers will be able to figure out page numbers by the amount of money shown on the bottom of the page (e.g. page 25 is a quarter). The text is minimal, though there are several thought bubbles that keep the story moving. The illustrations are clear and colorful; the artist used photographs of money, which makes it stand out. A note is included in the back that gives more information about the history of money and specifically money in the United States. A glossary is also included.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on February 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
There are at least 10 books that cover this information about money -- how money circulates through the economy, and specifics about US currency. This book has interesting illustrations and a nice personality... plus the presidential portraits "talk." Not only that, but the page numbers are in coins and bills. Cool!

More books on this topic (or very similar):

"Round and Round the Money Goes" -- Melvin and Gilda Berger
"Money Madness" - David A. Adler
"What is Money?" -- Mary Firestone
"The Go-Around Dollar" -- Barbara Johnston Adams
"Follow the Money" -- Loreen Leedy

Choose the one with the illustrations you prefer.
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By Diane E. Oliva on September 14, 2014
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I loved this book! I purchased it to send to my grandsons, ages 11 and 6. Of course, I read it first! There are many good lessons in this book ---- both in the money process and the math involved. All of it is done in a very cute way. :) Thumbs up!
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By acastle on October 15, 2014
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Great Book for teaching about money! We love it.
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