Rock, Brock, and the Savings Shock Hardcover – Jan 1 2006
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Grade 3-5–Twin brothers are very different, especially in the way that they deal with money: Rock is a spender and Brock is a saver. Their grandfather hires them to do chores and then encourages them to save by matching the total amount of money that they have accumulated from their pay each week. Brock manages to amass $512 in 10 weeks, while Rock spends his money as soon as he earns it, purchasing a fanciful array of toys, gum, and yard-sale items, all of which are comically depicted in the bright cartoon illustrations. Ultimately, Brock uses his proceeds to buy a fancy telescope and some gifts for family members, generously putting his remaining $50 dollars into a joint savings account that he shares with his brother. Evidently Rock learned his lesson as the tale ends with the twins in their old age as millionaires. A section entitled Do the Math contains charts showing the cash accumulation and what would have happened if Brock had spent some money during the 10 weeks. An explanation of compound interest and advice about saving are included. While the rhyming text has some awkward passages, this picture book is a good way to examine the issue of saving vs. spending.–Erlene Bishop Killeen, Fox Prairie Elementary School, Stoughton, WI
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With its bright, humorous illustrations, this important book adds some fun to the business of saving money. The straightforward story line teaches younger children how money can grow through a savings plan, while the notes in the back offer more sophisticated explanations of banking and compound interest. The author, one of the most influential women in the world of finance, successfully translates some economic fundamentals into a story that children will appreciate and enjoy.
This book provides a great opportunity to discuss these basics with elementary age children in a fun and sing-song way. The story's rhyming really catches and keeps the attention of the reader(s).
I use this book in my financial literacy workshops that I provide for Kindergartners through 3rd/4th grade and the kids love it! They always want to see the book after class and the parents always ask me where I bought it.
I highly recommend this for any educator, parent or grandparent (although I do recommend additional discussions and worksheets to drive the concepts home).