Title: Start Saving, Henry!
Author and Illustrator: Nancy Carlson
Concepts: saving, wants and needs, earning money, tradeoffs
Review: Henry the mouse had turned seven years old, thereby gaining the privilege of earning an allowance in exchange for doing chores around the house. Unfortunately Henry could not resist spending his entire allowance every week on various odds and ends. Then one day, Henry walked past Super Robot Dude in the store and knew he really wanted it. With his mother's refusal to purchase this amazing toy on the spot, Henry would have to stop squandering his money and start saving. Was he up for the challenge?
Nancy Carlson, famous for her endearing cast of characters and their all-too-human imperfections, has provided children with another valuable life's lesson wrapped up in an enjoyable story. This appealing book serves as a useful vehicle for teaching young learners about the tradeoffs that come with spending and saving money.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children