FOLLOW THE MONEY!

Loreen Leedy, Author, Loreen Leedy, Illustrator . Holiday $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8234-1587-8

A freshly minted quarter chattily narrates Leedy's (The Furry News: How to Make a Newspaper) lively look at currency. "Ouch!" complains George as he is stamped at the mint; "Let me out of here!" he yells as the bag holding him and other coins gets loaded onto a truck bound for the Federal Reserve Bank. The quarter's next stop is a local bank, after which his itinerary includes brief stops at a grocery store, a vending machine, a boy's piggy bank and the cash registers of various merchants. Several additional misadventures would flip out any self-respecting coin: George rolls close to a storm drain and, forgotten in another owner's pocket, tours a washing machine while chiming, "Money makes the world go round." Along the way, characters calculate the amounts of their purchases in stores and compute a weekly salary, among other math exercises. Playful mixed-media art, flippant asides from George and other coins, and occasional puns add to the lighthearted tone. An endnote relates ideas and facts about money. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 02/04/2002
Release date: 03/01/2002
Paperback - 30 pages - 978-0-8234-1794-0
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