Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

You Can't Buy a Dinosaur With a Dime:…

You Can't Buy a Dinosaur With a Dime: Problem-solving in Dollars and Cents (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Harriet Ziefert, Amanda Haley (Illustrator)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations
354321,274 (4.11)None
Title:You Can't Buy a Dinosaur With a Dime: Problem-solving in Dollars and Cents
Authors:Harriet Ziefert
Other authors:Amanda Haley (Illustrator)
Info:Blue Apple Books (2003), Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:change, dinosaur, watercolor, math, picture book

Work details

You Can't Buy a Dinosaur with a Dime by Harriet Ziefert (2003)



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

Showing 4 of 4
Pete has three dollars and fifty cents saved up, and he is ready to buy a toy. He picks out the perfect dinosaur but discovers there is also the tax. Now, Pete only has thirty cents remaining. He would like to buy another dinosaur to add to his collection. His father tells him that he can earn money by doing chores, working for others, and selling unused things. Pete works really hard and saves his money. When he gets to the store, this time, he makes a wise decision and opts for the smaller dino that cost less. Pete still has money in his money jar! This story teaches the reader about the value of money. This book can also serve as an interactive text in the classroom. The students could use their own money manipulatives to make wise choices along with Pete. This book also offers kid-friendly suggestions on savings, earnings, and investments and provides interesting facts about money. ( )
  JanaeCamardelle | Apr 20, 2016 |
So cute! Money and money word problems lessons - 1st - 2nd ( )
  mew034 | Sep 2, 2015 |
Pete saves up change by doing chores for his parents, selling some of his baseball cards, and getting his allowance-- all so he can buy a new dinosaur toy.

Billed as a math book that will help children learn to count change, You Can't Buy a Dinosaur with a Dime falls short. Rather than having readers count money pictured in the illustrations, it instead poses questions like "How much money do you have in your bank?" and "How much is your allowance?" which leaves out the readers who do not have spending money. Haley's cartoon watercolor illustrations are basic, yet adorable, however, they are not enough to balance out the roughly written unmetered rhyming stanzas.

Not recommended. ( )
  ejmeloche | Nov 11, 2012 |
You Can't Buy a Dinosaur with a Dime is a short fictional story about a young boy, Pete, who wants to use the money in his "bank" to buy himself a new toy. Before he ventures off to the toy store he must figure out how much money he has in quarters, dimes and nickels and what he can afford to buy at the store. After deciding to buy a dinosaur on his first trip he quickly yearns to refill his bank and return to the store for more goodies - but he must save the right amount of money first or else he will be unable to fulfill his wish!

I would recommend this book to first and second grade students. Although the main character is a boy I believe females would be able to relate as well because many young students have banks of their own at home and earn money through chores or allowance just like Pete. The story includes visual representations of the coins he uses (quarters, dimes and nickels and their amounts), shows Pete's addition and subtraction processes he uses to figure out how much money he has and also presents the topic of tax. Throughout the book questions are posed to the reader regarding how much money he has and how coins transfer to dollars and vice versa. Because many students do have savings or allowance and often wish to spend it on toys this book provides an authentic and interesting storyline for students who are just learning about money and are facing the same situations and dilemmas about having enough and earning more. This authentic aspect teaches students the importance of being able to add and subtract amounts of money in order to purchase items in the real world. It can also be paired with manipulatives, such as real or fake coins, that students can handle when learning to count money on their own. One interesting aspect is that the book often includes rhyming words at the end of sentences that make the story flow at a faster and friendly pace. Also, the last four pages of the book provide "money fun" resources that encourage students to interact more with money and "facts about money" that present them with interesting information, such as the meaning of the different parts on a dime. ( )
  ssandoe | Mar 29, 2010 |
Showing 4 of 4
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Harriet Ziefertprimary authorall editionscalculated
Haley, AmandaIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

Pete uses the money he has saved to buy a toy dinosaur, then must earn and save more before making his next purchase.

(summary from another edition)

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
5 wanted

Popular covers


Average: (4.11)
2 1
4 5
5 3

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 115,155,259 books! | Top bar: Always visible