Title: Betty Bunny Wants Everything
Author: Michael B. Kaplan
Illustrator: Stephane Jorisch
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Concepts: wants vs. needs, budget constraint, money
Review: Betty Bunny knows she is a handful because she hears strangers making this remark when she shops at the mall with her family. True to form, when her mother tells her she may choose just one toy from the toy store, Betty Bunny loads up an entire cart full: a stuffed bunny, paint set, inflatable pool, detective kit, dump truck, puzzle, and so much more. She absolutely has to have them all. One enormous temper tantrum later, it will take a clever lesson from her parents for Betty Bunny to finally grasp that she cannot have everything she wants.
Although the book adheres to traditional gender norms surrounding mothers and fathers, it does provide a good opportunity to talk with young readers who are just beginning to learn about money and wants versus needs.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children