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Lilly and May Learn Why Mom and Dad Work by Anthony C. Delauney shows that it's sad to watch Mom and Dad leave for work every day. Sisters Lilly and May don’t understand why they have to work. They’d much rather Mom and Dad stayed home with them all day, every day. When Mom notices the girls’ tears, she takes a few minutes to explain the importance of money. May says, “Money’s boring,” but she soon changes her mind as Mom pulls out the family budget book and explains how money takes care of them, how it feeds and clothes them, how it provides for extra fun activities, and how, through spending money, it helps others make money to fit their budgets. Mom sums up her explanation with profound words of love: “And when you think us leaving for work isn’t fair/ remember that your dad and I work because we care.”
Anthony C. Delauney’s picture book Lilly and May Learn Why Mom and Dad Work is the second in the Owning the Dash Kids’ Book series. The author addresses difficult issues about money, budgeting, and why so many families have both parents working outside the home. Told in rhyming verse, the soothing lyricism will have young readers entranced by the idea of money and family budgeting. Mom leads the discussion with clear, simple explanations that not only helped Lilly and May understand but will help young readers as well. The author starts with the necessities and moves on to the services that require payment, ending with the fun things the family does together, which also require money. At the end of the book, the author provides several pages of interactive fun, enabling young readers to share what they learned in the story by matching pictures of things and activities, and services with the appropriate terms. This is a clever and fun way to help young readers understand money and budgeting.