Moneytopia: Saving

Financial Literacy for Children

Children - Concept
36 Pages
Reviewed on 04/21/2022
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Reviewed by Marta Tandori for Readers' Favorite

One of the most important life lessons for children is learning about money; how to earn it and how to save it. Dr. Shanshan Peer’s picture book, Moneytopia: Saving (Financial Literacy for Children) is “right on the money”! Lexie, Chuck, and Zoey live in Moneytopia where money is known as “topians”. More than anything, they love learning about outer space, and what better way to do that than by having a space-themed party? There’s only one problem. They’ll have to earn and save enough money for the party and if they do, their teacher, Miss Kitty, will agree. Chuck suggests a saving goal of 50 topians for each of them over a ten-week period, which seems reasonable enough to all of them. The only problem is that temptation is everywhere, as Lexie quickly learns, and it’s really hard to save when there are all kinds of wonderful things to buy like candies, balloons, and bouncy balls.

Although intended for young children, Dr. Shanshan Peer's book contains a host of valuable information that teaches children about money, like the difference between those things that one needs, such as food and shelter, and those things known as “wants”; the things that aren’t necessarily needed but that one would like to have. In the process of learning about saving, young children are also taught prioritizing and basic math skills. What’s most impressive about Moneytopia: Saving is that it manages to do all these things without making it look as if the audience is being taught. The illustrations by Jelena Stupar are bright, cheerful, and effortlessly convey the spirit of the narrative with intuitiveness and enthusiasm. This is a perfect learning tool that teaches and entertains at the same time.