Honey Moneybunny returns, this time with tips on how to save money.
After having guided readers on how to Spend It! and Earn It! (2019, 2017), this time young Honey Moneybunny is in need of a sanctuary from her rambunctious little siblings. A house of her own is too ambitious, not to mention she is a tad young to live alone, so she and her father settle on a playhouse. Her father advises her that a playhouse will cost her 10 carrots—carrots being the coin of the realm in Bunnyland—and so it will take her five weeks of saving the two carrots per week she earns taking care of her siblings. But here McLeod introduces a smart alternative to straight saving: saving a portion of each week’s take so that Honey can enjoy some treats from her allowance yet continue to save at the same time, albeit at a slower rate. It is about as painless an introduction to division as one could hope for. To top it off, the story also introduces the act of patience, which is another tough lesson. But Honey is such a charmer, and she goes about her task with such good-natured earnestness—and the language of the book is so consolingly you-can-do-it—that you can’t help but cheer for her to save for her playhouse.
A well-tempered experiment in having your (carrot) cake and eating it too, with a moderate test of forbearance. (Picture book. 4-8)