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Once Upon a Dime: A Math Adventure Paperback – February 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (February 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570911614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570911613
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.5 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nancy Kelly Allen worked as a social worker and elementary school teacher before becoming a school librarian, which led her straight to the world of picture books. She spent her days introducing books to children and her nights writing books for children. Nancy has a master's degree in Education from Morehead State University and a master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky. She lives in Kentucky in the log cabin in which she grew up, and shares it with her husband and two canine writer's assistants.

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Nancy Kelly Allen's route to award-winning writing has more twists and turns than a winding mountain road. She worked as a social worker and elementary school teacher. When Nancy changed career paths once again and became a school librarian, the route led her straight to the world of picture books. Nancy spent her days introducing books to children and her nights writing books for children. Eventually, writing led her down the route to publication.

Nancy grew up in Kentucky where storytelling is a way of life. Every evening after supper, her father entertained the family with humorous stories. Each time he told a story, he embellished it a little more. Nancy's mother encouraged her young daughter to write stories, even before Nancy could read. Nancy pecked away on the keyboard of an old Royal typewriter, writing nothing but jumbled letters and numbers. Nancy proudly presented her work to her mother, who read it aloud as if Nancy had actually written a story. The early influence of her mother's literary interpretations and her father's humorous storytelling set Nancy on the road to a world of books where characters become so real they practically step off the pages. Now that she's all grown up, Nancy considers her love of writing a gift of the spirit from her parents.

Nancy has a master's degree in Education from Morehead State University and a master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky. She lives in Kentucky in the log cabin in which she grew up. Nancy shares her cabin with her husband Larry and a canine writer assistants, Jazi and Roxi.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Combs on March 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
Nancy Allen has written an outstanding story about a money tree that grows different coins/bills depending on what Farmer Worth uses to plant the tree. This book is not only a cute and entertaining story, but also supplies a useful tool to parents and teachers to teacher the value of money. It doesn't hurt that all of the animals in the book are named for various US presidents. I have used this book for years in my classroom and the students LOVE it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on February 9, 2012
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Very cute story featuring a money tree and ... well, how to put this delicately?... the natural fertilizing properties of animal waste. It's a very funny book -- all the farm animals are named after famous Presidents and national heroes. I'm a read-aloud Mom with a family of boys, and I am glad I found this book. The kids request it OFTEN.

Educational benefit -- teaches the relative value of coins, lets your child practice multiplying money, helps teach about the relative sizes of farm animals. Packed with humor, which helps the educational material go down smoother.

Ultimate message of contentment.

Very nice that the Yuan pictured in the book isn't the side with the portrait of Chairman Mao. (Although that Three Gorges Dam is a human rights violation and an enormous scandal in its own right.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amber Salyers on April 3, 2013
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I had never read this book before purchasing it to supplement a lesson on coins. My 1st graders loved this story. It is full of so much great stuff that we read it multiple times to deepen our understanding. You can use this book to teach about coins, counting money, compost and fertilizers affects on plants, and money from other countries. This book was a great starting point for my students to ask intriguing questions and practice counting more complex amounts of coins. We stopped half way through the book for my 1st graders to figure out how much money 100 nickels would be. Great thinking for them! Teachers will appreciate the richness of this text. You will get so much out of it!
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