We found A Dollar for Penny by Dr. Julie Glass and illustrated by Joy Allen at the library last week and I feel like it is a little treasure! My six year old loves reading it and can read it all on his own. The book lends itself well to all of the lemonade activities we have been inspired to do and it helped us fit a little math into our day! You can't ask for much more from a book!
A Dollar for Penny is a Step into Reading Book for Preschool - Grade 1. This is an adorable rhyming book about a little girl who sells lemonade. It is written in simple sentences, large font, and includes many sight words. In the book, the little girl sells lemonade to her family and each time some one buys a cup, the price goes up. On each page there is a picture of the coins that equal the amount of money that she charges for the lemonade. The book goes through pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters and even includes a picture of both sides of the coins. We loved reading "clink" or "clank" every time a coin was dropped into her bank! By the end of the book the little girl is able to go to the store to buy a little something for someone special! My six year old was excited to make his own lemonade stand in the backyard after reading this book, but before that we did a little math activity.
Before I get any further, please excuse the pictures...I used my son's new camera because my battery wasn't charged and the pictures didn't come out as clear as I had hoped!
Before we read A Dollar for Penny, I made a little bank and grabbed a bunch of coins. We read the book through one time before we started our money lesson. The second time we read, my son was ready to use the bank.
As we read, my son added the correct number of coins for each page. The little girl in the book starts off selling each cup of lemonade for 1 cent. After each customer she increases the price a little bit more. This was a great review of coins and their values!
When we were done adding the coins, my son sorted them just like they do at the end of the book and we counted up all of the money.
After we played our math game I had my son read the book to me all on his own. Here he is laughing because I was teasing him about his VERY unenthusiastic reading of the words, "Woo-hoo!" We sure had the giggles this afternoon!
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