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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
A Boy, A Budget, and a Dream by Jasmine Paul is an engaging story that will teach children how to make the world a more financially healthy place. Joey spends most of the allowance he gets every week and his sister Kass saves hers. Their dad notices Kass's savings are increasing and Joey is not doing so well. Joey daydreams about buying a new video game. He sees Kass's camera and wants to know how she got it and she tells him how she got the money to buy it. Kass tells Joey that he will have to save for years and sell everything in his room to buy a camera like that. Joey checks his account and realizes he has only 12 dollars. He knows he cannot afford the camera, a video game, STEM camp, or anything. He asks Kass for help. With her help will he be able to save enough money to go to STEM camp?
A Boy, A Budget, and a Dream by Jasmine Paul is educational and informative and sets the pace for the family to have healthy monetary discussions with their children. Jose Nieto's colorful and charming illustrations help children understand the concept clearly and encourage them to save money and have good conversations with their parents on finances. The story is not only informative and educational but also a fun read for children. Books like this are good for parents and tutors to use for storytelling and read-aloud sessions so that children will learn how to save money for the things they value and want to buy. This story is the perfect way to have useful conversations with kids when it comes to money.