Thursday, February 04, 2010
If you want your child to build good financial habits, it's best to start them young, and there's no better way to start than reading them a story. I recently received a copy of “Feeding Penny Pig”, by Jeannine Fox (Mimi’s Funhouse LLC, November 2009) that tells the story of a grandmother, a little girl and a very special pig.
Here's the publisher's description of the book: Laney’s grandmother Mimi gives her a very special piggy bank named Penny Pig for her birthday. Every day, Laney must do chores for her parents to earn money to feed the very hungry Penny. Because Laney loves Penny so much, she begins to love working around the house to keep her happy and full. The friendship between them teaches Laney responsibility and the value of earning and saving money.
I really liked reading this to my kids! In this age of consumerism and consumption and "mama can you buy me...", I think it really sends a great message about the importance of starting financial responsibility at a young age. The message is as subtle as Grandmother Mimi passing over the dolls and teddies and clothes in favor of a piggy bank for her granddaughter's present -- but I think even the youngest little kids will get it.
I disagree with the recommended age range (ages 4-8): The basic concepts, simple language and bold illustrations make it more suitable to 4-6 year olds. I think 7 and 8 year olds would be interested in a more complex storyline and more concrete examples of saving, budgeting and earning.
The Bottom Line
Feeding Penny Pig is a great book to introduce a young child to the concept of earning and saving money.
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