The Money We'll Save Hardcover – October 11, 2011
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“When Pa brings home a young turkey to fatten up for Christmas dinner, chaos follows in Cole's picture book tale about a penny-pinching family squeezed into a 19th century New York City tenement.” ―Sacramento Bee
“...all ends well in this humorous, wholesome story about tightened straits, with its not-too-vinegary perspective on how the other half celebrates.” ―NYTimes.com
“This could easily be incorporated into a class history lesson or simply enjoyed as a unique and humorous holiday story.” ―BCCB
“Nothing is sumptuous for the 19th-century tenement-dwelling family at the heart of Brock Cole's endearing picture book 'The Money We'll Save' (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 40 pages, $16.99)...With Mr. Cole's watercolor-filled wobbly line drawings, we see the family--and soon their neighbors--struggling to accommodate the growing bird. Not a penny is saved, of course, but in the end the bird offers enrichment of a charmingly different sort.” ―Wall Street Journal
“Cole's buoyant watercolors capture the busy chaos and warm homeyness of family life plus turkey in this folksy journey into a different time.” ―Booklist
“Cole's blithe illustrations, comfortably crowded with his amusing, expressive characters, set this entertaining holiday story in nineteenth-century New York City.” ―Horn Book Magazine, starred review
“…a holiday story as humorous as it is touching.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Cole's humorous illustrations bring to life the crowded conditions in a 19th-century New York tenement building; the characters are raggedy and poor, but full of spirit and good will.” ―School Library Journal
“When Pa brings home a turkey poult to raise for Christmas dinner, hilarious complications ensue in this heartwarming family story set in 19th-century New York City.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
About the Author
Brock Cole is the author/illustrator of many picture books and young adult novels. He lives in Buffalo, New York.
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Great story from long ago and hopefully shows kids how things were from that time. Getting by with what you have.:)
"There were so many complaints and so much extra washing that when Pa and the children caught Alfred there was nothing to do but bring him back into the flat.
`It's just for a few days, now,' Pa explained to Ma. `And that idea you had about the bedroom was a good one. We'll move all the beds into the kitchen and the parlor and give the bedroom to the bird. That way he won't be a bother, and remember the money we're saving.'"