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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Do you receive an allowance or money gifts on special occasions? Do you save the money, or spend it right away? Do you often feel you don’t have enough money for all the things you want? Well, perhaps, like Bella, you need to learn to appreciate and manage your money a little better. You can’t be asking family members for money all the time. When Bella asks her Grandma, she receives a valuable lesson on budgeting, as well as a lot of love and a little more allowance. Only this allowance, now that she’s learned a bit about budgeting, she’s going to manage a little better and she might even save some of it.
T.A.R.’s picture book/ activity book, Bella Your Budgeting Buddy: Story and Activity Book, is both interesting and entertaining. The author tells a story and provides lots of interactive activities for the young reader to learn along with Bella. When Grandma helps Bella prepare her own budget, the author provides a page for the reader to do the same thing. When Grandma suggests Bella make a list of extra chores she can do to make more money, the author provides a page for the reader to make their own list. At the end of the book are more activities as well as a budget sheet the reader can copy and use for their own budgeting. The bright, colorful illustrations help carry the story and the lesson along as the author imparts some of her knowledge of budgets in a manner that is easy for young readers to comprehend. This is an important lesson for everyone and it’s never too early to learn about money and how to budget your money.