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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)

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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
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Tags:change, dinosaur, watercolor, math, picture book

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You Can't Buy a Dinosaur With a Dime: Problem-solving in Dollars and Cents by Harriet Ziefert (2003)

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

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