Title: Miss Fox's Class Earns a Field Trip
Author: Eileen Spinelli
Illustrator: Anne Kennedy
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Concepts: savings, earning money, jobs, profit, fundraising
Review: Miss Fox and her enthusiastic students are back for another learning experience, this time involving a fundraising drive to pay for a field trip to Roller Coaster Planet. They need $135, which, as Frog points out, is a lot of money. With their characteristic eagerness and resourcefulness, the students engage in several activities to earn some cash, including a car wash and a student performance. They don’t count, however, on a series of mishaps that turn into substantial expenses. Will the progress they make be sufficient to make up for these costly misfortunes?
In the tradition of a perennial favorite on class fundraising (How the Second Grade Got $8,205.50 to Visit the Statue of Liberty), this new book provides children with an intuitive look at earnings, costs, and profits. The adorable illustrations and humorous text work well to bolster the appeal of what otherwise could be a more mundane math exercise. It’s certainly difficult to resist those smiling critters as they work diligently toward their savings goal.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children