Title: How the Second Grade Got $8,205.50 to Visit the Statue of Liberty
Author: Nathan Zimelman
Illustrator: Bill Slavin
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co.
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level: 5.4
Concepts: fund-raising, expenses, profit, earning
Review: Newton Barnaby School’s second graders have embarked on a fund-raising drive to finance a field trip to the Statue of Liberty. These perky kids have no shortage of energy or ideas for collaborative projects that can generate cash. A collection of all types of paper to sell to the recycling man, a lemonade stand, candy sales, and a car wash: each involves expenses, earnings, and a profit. So exactly how would these seemingly small-scale enterprises generate more than eight thousand dollars? Therein lies the fun in this clever book that wraps a valuable economics lesson into an entertaining story for young readers who are taking their first steps on the path toward financial literacy.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children