The Big Buck Adventure
The Big Buck Adventure
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Annotation: Rhyming account of a little girl's quandary as she tries to decide what she can get with her dollar in a candy shop, toy store, deli, and pet department.
Genre: Mathematics
Catalog Number: #4588985
Format: Paperback
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2000
Edition Date: 2002
Illustrator: Lin, Grace,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-88106-295-2
ISBN 13: 978-0-88106-295-3
Dewey: 513
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
With her allowance in hand, a young shopper eyes possible purchases at the store. The rhyming math-in-the-real-world story awkwardly lurches along, touching on the value of a dollar, the array of goods available to consumers, comparison shopping, and the option of saving. Gouache paintings depict an oversized dollar bill--playing up the "wow" factor money has for young children.
Kirkus Reviews
This sprightly rhyming excursion into buying power puts lie to the notion that economics is by nature a dreary topic. When the first-person narrator is given a raise in allowance, visions of new purchases fill her head. As she shops the store's candy, toy, deli, and pet departments, she is overwhelmed by the multiplicity of deals offered by eager merchants—ample opportunity to figure out the best deal mathematically. "A penny for your thoughts," says one merchant as the girl opts for something really unusual—to spend not a cent, and to tuck her money into a bank at home, but only after a nicely turned pitch of her own: "Why you can have one hundred/of my thoughts for a dollar!/Ten thoughts for a dime,/five for a nickel/twenty-five thoughts/for a sour dill pickle." If the value of money is in its possibilities, rather than its purchases, readers, too, will be relieved when the girl leaves the store. Lin's illustrations make the mayhem memorable in an easy book to pair with Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith's Math Curse (1995). (Picture book. 5-9)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-A little girl gets a dollar allowance, goes to a store, and examines several options of what she can buy with it. Colorful, lively gouache paintings show a riot of goods available, all marked with price tags. The cutout color photos of actual currency make it easy for children to identify it. The text, however, is lackluster and the rhymes seem forced ("Four quarters times three equals/twelve gummy bear treats,/a much better deal/than ten at ten cents each"), sometimes making the word problems confusing. The math gets needlessly complicated, especially when readers are expected to make comparisons between products on different pages. The premise of "What can I buy for a dollar?" is a good one; however, the merchandise may be difficult for children to find in a neighborhood store. Most places no longer carry penny candy and may never have stocked pet fleas or pet flies, three for a penny. Jon Scieszka's Math Curse (Viking, 1995) and Rosemary Wells's hilarious Bunny Money (Dial, 1997) are better math stories in picture-book format.-Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Word Count: 557
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 35765 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.2 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q37806
Guided Reading Level: M
Saturday morning, I sure am in luck!
A raise in allowance--I get a buck!
Dad drops me at the store
with a new green bill.
He says, "I'll be back at a quarter 'til."

Excerpted from The Big Buck Adventure by Shelley Gill, Deborah Tobola
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One little girl and one very big dollar set out on a great adventure at the store.

However, what seems like a pleasant afternoon of shopping soon turns perplexing as the challenge of her buying options becomes overwhelming. She doesn't know what to do. There are so many choices, but she only has one buck. A fun and perfect example of how we use math in our daily lives.

"This sprightly rhyming excursion into buying power puts lie to the notion that economics is by nature a dreary topic." —Kirkus Reviews

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