Gabriel Gets a Great Deal (Cloverleaf Books - Money Basics)
By: Lisa Bullard
Illustrated by: Mike Moran
Publisher: Lerner Publishing
Publication Date: August 2013
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: December 2013
Gabriel glanced at the television and spotted a commercial for Fast Kids sneakers. Yeah, those would be perfect for the up and coming race at school. “The next school race is coming up on Friday,” he began to tell his mom. “Can I get some Fast Kids shoes?” It would be really cool to race like a cheetah and win that race. Gabriel’s shoes no longer fit properly and no way he could win that race “with shoes that pinch.” He began to check online to see if there were any, but with his mom’s $30.00 limit and the shipping, it wasn’t going to work.
Gabriel had to think about that $10.00 shipping and knew that he wouldn’t have enough money to get the Fast Kids online. It was off to Mr. Smith’s Shoe Store to see if they had any Fast Kids in stock. They sure did, but he didn’t like the “$38.00 price tag.” No, there wasn’t time to wait for Mr. Smith’s sale so Gabriel had to think a bit more. When they picked up a newspaper they saw the Shop More Store ad for “$10.00 off all shoes through this weekend.” Would Gabriel be able to buy the Fast Kids with that coupon or would he still be looking for a better deal?
This is an excellent book for young students to learn how to comparative shop. While learning about comparative shopping, children will also have to learn about the decision making process. This simple beginning chapter book can be easily tackled by the newly independent reader. Small sidebars also prompt the reader to consider additional information about money basics. For example, one asks “Fast Kids shoes usually cost $38.00 at Shop More. How much will they cost with the coupon?” In the back of the book is an index, a glossary, a “Make Your Own Ad” activity, and additional recommended book and website resources to explore. There are additional complementary resources on the publisher’s website.
Quill says: The Cloverleaf "Money Basics" series is an excellent way for young students to begin to learn about handling money.