Title: Little Croc's Purse
Author: Lizzie Finlay
Publisher: Eerdman's Books for Young Readers
Concepts: money, saving, spending, sharing
Review: Little Croc's game of hide-and-seek with his friends took on an unexpected twist when he found a purse filled with money. Although his friends all wanted to divide up the cash, Little Croc decided to do the right thing by bringing the lost purse to the police station. Many temptations for spending that money lay along the way, though. Would the purse and all the contents ever find their way to the rightful owner?
A lesson at the end of the story about saving, sharing, and spending money make the book a useful vehicle for talking with young children about some of the basic functions of money. Humorous illustrations help to liven up the story and encourage children to think about the scruples of finding lost valuables.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children