Ruby has saved up money for Grandma's birthday present. She and her brother Max take a bus to the gift shop. But Max is thirsty. Ruby gives him money for a lemonade, but Max spends the money on messy candy instead. Ruby must now spend money on a laundromat. Then Max is hungry. Each activity costs money causing Ruby's savings to quickly dwindle before they even get to the gift shop.
The illustrations are done in ink and watercolor. They are colorful and simple without too much on each page. The simple layout makes this a great read a loud book.
This book is an excellent tool for teaching the value of money. It clearly shows, through the pictures, as each dollar leaves Ruby's wallet. Many people have no idea how quickly money can be spent on all the little things. I like how Max had an emergency quarter in his pocket for a phone call when they ran out of money for the bus. This was smart thinking.
Recommended for ages 3-5, but this would be a great teaching tool for ages 6 and 7 as well.
STEAM Activity (Math): Give each child a wallet of "bunny money" then have them go around the room to centers where they act out what Max and Ruby purchased in the book.
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