Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.
Buck Makes Cents and Baby Buck How Much am I … from Buck Academy are adorable books to teach money lessons to children. I received a copy of Buck Makes Cents to read with my family and review. I also was sent a copy of Quick Cents to a Buck. Others on The Homeschool Review Crew also received Baby Buck How Much I am.
I think the author, Dustin Goss and illustrator, Febyolla Goss, did a great job on making fun, educational books about teaching the value of money to children.
Teaching money to kids takes repetition. It’s hard for little ones to remember what the name of each silver coin is and how much it’s worth. From there you can reinforce how many of each make a dollar, which leads into fractions and percentages as they get older.
In this nice, hard cover book, we meet Buck. He’s a dollar bill. You get introduced to his coin friends. The coins on the page are raised foil so you can feel them. I have always liked books with textures to feel.
In chapter one: You learn the names of the coins, that they have 2 sides called heads and tails. You also learn the cent and dollar symbol. The next few pages describe each coin in depth. Then comes the pages about Buck himself. We learned that the paper money is actually 75% cotton and 25% linen. We also learned about some of the symbols on the front and back.
Chapter two: This chapter teaches how many of each coin make a dollar.
Chapter three: This chapter reviews what you have learned and has some fun facts. Did you know that the penny is the only coin that has the president facing to the right? Did you know that before 1965 dimes were made from real silver? (This one we did learn recently as one of my children found an old dime and we did some research and put that one away.) I didn’t know this one- before 1965 quarters were also made from silver, the “ridges were designed to stop people from scraping the silver down to melt and sell”.
Did you know these facts about the dollar bill? It’s average life span is about 5.8 years. As of 2017, $12.1 billion dollars worth of one dollar bills were in circulation and a dollar bill costs 4.9 cents to print.
The end of the book encourages you to share the book with someone else when you are done with it. “Value Knowledge. Gift it forward.”
The second book, Quick Cents to a Buck is a short version of Buck Makes Cents. They are both great to read with kids and keep handy to reference when needed. I think these books are a great addition to your library and a wonderful way to learn about money.
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Many other families on The Homeschool Review Crew had the opportunity to review one or both of these book from Buck Academy. Click on the graphic below to see what they though of them and how they used them.