Spend It! by Cinders McLeod. PICTURE BOOK. Nancy Paulsen Books (Penguin), 2019. $17. 9780399544460.
BUYING ADVISORY: Pre-K, EL(K-3) - ADVISABLE
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
Sonny is a bunny who loves getting his allowance each week, but needs some help understanding how to be a smart spender. The toys he wants don't all cost the same thing, and he doesn't have enough to buy everything on his wish list. Sonny's mom helps him understand the importance of thinking through his priorities and making a smart decision with the allowance he has.
I'm rating this book ADVISABLE because it does teach an important lesson in a fun and simple way--its a book I think our libraries need. As an actual storybook I was less than impressed, even recognizing my own predisposition to dislike books that are written in a style not suited to reading aloud. The lesson on spending here is definitely very basic, but its a good introduction for young readers. Use the book for what it is, but do not expect this to become a classic.
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