Spend It! is one in a series of books for kids learning about money. Along with Earn It! and Save It! (and possibly a future title Give It!) the reader finds out that money is not as straight forward as one might think.
Cinders McLeod, in this book, talks about understanding your choices when it comes to money. Our bunny hero, Sonny, has three carrots, therefore, that means he can buy three things, right? Wrong! As he quickly learns. (Though you got to love that reasoning!) And, with his mothers help, Sonny figures out what each thing he wants cost/how many carrots are needed and what he has to spend. With logic he decides the bouncy castle is ridiculously too much and he already has a toy, so there is only one logical choice, the pogo stick. Adults will see the typical child in Sonny and their “not wanting to think but to spend” their carrots!
These books might be a nice addition to a money course in the younger grades, therefore helping to teach the subject in the school setting. This does make it a little awkward for a “solo” read, but you and your child can also enjoy it. While it teaches about money, choices, even logic, it could also help with something as simple things as counting.
The illustrations are simple, but you know what you are looking at (that is a rabbit, even if its nose and mouth somewhat blend together). There is the right amount of details, but over all images are sparse. The colors are bright, but not overpowering. Overall it is a pleasant book.
ANSWER: (You Don’t Make Much Cents)