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Follow the Money!

Follow the Money!


Follow the Money!

About the Book

From mint, to pocket, to vending machine--tag along with George, a brand new quarter, and see how far a coin goes.

With her signature bright, cartoony illustrations, Loreen Leedy explores American currency from the coins' point of view.  George starts his day at the U.S. Mint, but he's soon swept away to a bank and dispensed, with a roll of his fellows, to make change at a grocery store. Again and again the quarter changes hands-- dropping into a vending machine, bouncing in a purse, slipping through a hole in someone's pocket.

At each transaction, the arithmetic is laid out to show how we add, subtract, and multiply money every day.  Keen-eyed readers will notice the page numbers are represented in bills and coins, and the amounts pictured in each scene add up to the listed totals, aiding identification of different denominations of money.

This funny introduction to cold hard cash also includes an author's note about different kinds of currency through the ages, how to spot a counterfit bill, an introduction to the 50 States Quarters™ program, and a list of money-related vocabulary.

Pocket change has never been so entertaining!

Product Details

On sale: May 1, 2003
Age: 5-8 years
Grade: Grades K-3
Page count: 32 Pages
ISBN: 9780823417940
Reading level: Fountas/Pinnell: N

Author Bio

Loreen Leedy has been writing and illustrating picture books since she was 25 years old. She is the author of numerous books for children, including 2 X 2=Boo, Seeing Symmetry, and Amazing Plant Powers: How Plants Fly, Fight, Hide, Hunt and Change the World. Her books have been ALA Notable books, Kirkus Reviews Best Books, and Booklist Editors Choices. Loreen lives in central Florida. Find her online at


* "Leedy includes a good deal of information while keeping the book light, energetic, and entertaining."—Booklist, Starred Review

"This is a wonderfully amusing, inviting, and useful title."—School Library Journal

"child readers will never look at their pocket change—or arithmetic, for that matter—in quite the same way."—Kirkus Reviews