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Pretty Penny Sets Up Shop by Devon Kinch

Pretty Penny Sets Up Shop

by Devon Kinch

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Problematic; the art is not great and the story is pretty rote. Even purely as a teaching tool it is tricky because the numbers never "add up" (what Penny prices and sells in the story doesn't add up to what she makes in the end) and while the bills and coins are clearly laid out in one spread, which coin is which is never specified. But it can be used to support a money unit at school or a discussion at home, in the greater sense of kids becoming comfortable with and familiar with how money works. I much prefer the MathStart books by Murphy.

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  MelissaZD | Dec 31, 2013 |
(76) read to me by Grace ( )
  activelearning | Oct 13, 2013 |
Pleasant but unremarkable. Puzzled about why the pig's nose looks like an oval-shaped toaster. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
Could be a useful book for teaching lessons on ecnonmics to primary school children. ( )
  asomers | Sep 8, 2011 |
Penny, big idea’s girl, spends the summer with her grandmother. Her grandma was having a birthday, so Penny wanted to have a party. Her grandma told her not to spend a lot of money. In the grandma’s attic was a bunch of old stuff laying around collecting dust. Penny, with her grandma’s permission, held a small shop up in the attic. She sold some stuff. Her grandma split the money between Penny and herself. Penny used the money to through a surprise party for her grandma
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It was a cute book. The book made me think about my grandma and how much I miss having parties with her.
Classroom Extensions:
1. I would have my students write about a time when they went to their grandmother house.
2. I would have my class come up with different idea’s to raise money and try to raise some money. With that money, we would have a party. ( )
  Soonergal021 | Feb 13, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 037586735X, Hardcover)

Pretty Penny has lots of big ideas. For instance, she wants to throw a birthday party for her grandmother, Bunny, but there is only one problem—she doesn't have any money! What's a creative, industrious girl to do? When Penny notices that Bunny's attic is cluttered with old things that still have value, Penny has an idea—create a "Small Mall!" Penny will have to clean up and set up shop in the attic to sell the old items to earn the money for Bunny's surprise celebration. Author/illustrator Devon Kinch has created a charming, stylish character with a signature look, just like such classic children's book characters as Madeline, Eloise, Pippi Longstocking, and Olivia—Penny is never without her fuschia purse! With Pretty Penny's help, kids can get money savvy!

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Six-year-old Pretty Penny wants to have a birthday party for her grandmother, but first she must earn some money.

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