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If You Made a Million Hardcover – May 22, 1989

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Author David M. Schwartz and illustrator Steven Kellogg, who teamed up for the jubilant How Much Is a Million, have returned to the subject of money in If You Made a Million. Marvelosissimo the Mathematical Magician and his team of cheerful kids (and their multitude of animal friends) wield dusters, brooms, plungers, shovels, and cement as they take on feeding fish, dusting ducks, painting pots, transplanting trees, building bridges, and babysitting ogres. For each job, they'll be paid an appropriate amount of money. But soon the questions arise--what does that much money look like, and how can it be spent, saved, or used to pay off a loan?

"One dollar is worth as much as FOUR QUARTERS or TEN DIMES or TWENTY NICKELS or ONE HUNDRED PENNIES," Marvelosissimo explains, and we witness all the coins, crowding the page. How many and how high a stack is $100 in pennies? Ten thousand of them, in a stack 50-feet high, teeter precariously near a phenomenal airport where the gates are reached via tightrope. Next, Marvelosissimo takes readers to the Bank--a huge edifice complete with red carpets, carved slogans ("Save" and "Be Wise"), and frog attendants--where he explains the concepts of interest and bank loans. Grown-up text brings up the rear of the book, providing additional information on banks, interest and compound interest, checking accounts, loans, and income tax. Throughout, Kellogg's illustrations--highly detailed with silly objects, people, and animals--will keep kids' attention, but the pictures never detract from Schwartz's message that "enjoying your work is more important than money," and "making money means making choices." (Ages 4 to 8) --Ericka Lutz

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Sophisticated mathematical and financial concepts are difficult to teach, yet most children are fascinated by money. In a savvy follow-up to How Much Is a Million? Schwartz and Kellogg have succeeded in presenting money in terms that correspond to how children think. In a funny, accessible way, the team explores relationships between accomplishing tasks and earning payment, saving and spending, and other concepts including interest, the relative value of various denominations, writing checks and even financing a mortgage. Kellogg's typically humorous ink and watercolor drawings will compound reader interest while wittily reinforcing and expanding ideas. An author's note recaps the facts, including a history of money and banking, checks, loans, income tax, and the volume of money vs. its value. Splendid fare. Ages 6-10.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 840 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (May 22, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688070175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688070175
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #762,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The illlustrations are fun. The text talks about situations to which kids can relate. The book gives some good lessons about money and how to use it. Yet, the book never bogs down. Children find it interesting and fun.
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The book is well written and great illustrations as the other books in this series .... but it was written for older kids who want to learn about banking functions. My 7 year old loves the other books, but this was boring and over his head. I'm not sure when he is of the age to understand finances at this level that he will be into reading picture books.
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A Kid's Review on April 1, 2003
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I strongly think you should read this book because it is funny. It has a wizard that does magic and he helps kids learn how to save their money. You should extremely like this book because the kids make things and they get money. They also babysit a giant baby for one thousand dollars. A boy makes a bridge and they do their chores. They also do incredible things.
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I will add this to my 7th grade math collection. I incorporate books that include topics taught in my math class. Even though the reading level is low, my lower readers will choose this rather than a reader in their English class. Some don't really see it as reading because they are attracted to the math story.
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A Kid's Review on January 11, 2007
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Looking to make some money? If you're a cheerful and willing helper, Marlen the magician will gladly take you on and show you jobs; from feeding fish to taming ogres and how much money you can make doing them. This book will take you on a mathematical adventure in making money and earning interest.

This is a great book for kids 4-6 who want to read picture book or even older kids who want to know how interest and banking works. Older readers can just refer to the back where author David Schwartz explains the math behind the book. This book also features great pictures with a colorful star border all around.

All in all, If you Made a Million is an awesome book about banking and money and was one of my personal favorite books in kindergarten.

If you like this book, then you might like How Much is a Million also by David Schwartz.
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This book does an excellent job encouraging young children to create a secure financial future for themselves. It sparks interest in the toddlers who were previously bored with the topic of personal financial planning. They'll have their calculators out and be balancing the books in NO TIME!! Great introduction for youngsters.
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I am a high school math teacher and my favorite math books for my now 6 year olds are the Kellog books. I love how they teach conceptual skills in a fun way.
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I read this book to my granddaughter's 1st grade class and they loved it! Especially the fold-out! Fun way to introduce the metric system.
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