Title: Jenny Found a Penny
Author: Trudy Harris
Illustrator: John Hovell
Publisher: Millbrook Press
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level: 3.0
Concepts: money, saving
Review: Teaching economics to younger children is straightforward when children already have an experience-based understanding of the concepts at hand. Jenny Found a Penny takes this idea head on with its lessons about money and saving woven into an interesting story to which many children can relate. Not only does Jenny find a penny in the back seat of the car, but she uses that opportunity to start saving for a special item at the dollar store. A hard worker, Jenny finds chores around the house that help her to earn a regular stream of coins for her savings jar. Readers can use the realistic illustrations of the coins in the sidebars to add up the money that Jenny accumulates. Children may also relate to Jenny’s misfortune at the cashier’s desk when she encounters the dreaded sales tax. This book will appeal to parents and teachers who are seeking an eye-catching book that encourages children to think about money and do the math in a creative way.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children