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Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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Alexander would really like to buy a walkie-talkie, but saving money is pretty hard for somebody his age. As we read this story, illustrated by Ray Cruz, we see how Alexander manages to end up with only bus tokens. I was going to say they would see what Alexander spends his money on, but spending implies getting something in return for your money and while that might apply to buying bubble gum and renting a snake, it does not apply to losing bets or being fined so saying words that little boys should not say. But then the point of Viorst's story is to make the idea of money management clear to young readers and the ways in which Alexander goes from being rich to being poor certainly drives home that particular lesson. As Alexander comes to realize, if you are absolutely positively going to save your money you have to get some money to save.Read more ›
This book illustrates the difficulties that children have in saving money. There are so many temptations on a daily basis to spend money that it can be hard to keep the end goal in sight. Viorst has made Alexander into a sympathetic character that most children will recognize, but his choices are clearly impulsive. The title of the book, and the way events unfold, make it possible for kids to recognize the mistakes Alexander is making. Hopefully it will lead to a bit of self-reflection.
It is a pity that some of the references in the book are out of date. My son had never heard of a bus token or deposit bottles before. Also, a few of the places where Alexander's money goes are going to seem odd to many children. For instance, he loses a small bet to his mother and is fined by his father for bad language and fighting. Still, I like that the story includes scenarios where money is lost in ways that don't have to do with spending.
I recommend this book for children ages 5-8, especially those who would benefit from a lesson in goal-setting, self-restraint and spending habits. The story also alternates between referring to coins by their name and by their value, a nice touch.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Used this book in my senior high economics class. The students were a little hesitant at first but really liked it and enjoyed the lesson. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I used this book for the National Teach a Child to Save Day. The students seemed to enjoy the interactivity and discussions we had about being wise with our money.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
not good visuals and the print size is small, could not enlarge the text. I wanted to show to the preschool class but everything was so small it was hard to read and see the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Demeka Johnson
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this story! GREAT story line, great graphics, and great lessons! My 7 & 8 year olds were both mesmerized and really took away the story line. Read morePublished 5 months ago by amy francis