Gemma's Shopping Adventure


Children - Educational
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 11/02/2022
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Reviewed by Diana Lopez for Readers' Favorite

When children are learning to save, they can find themselves in situations where it is difficult to manage their money or decide how to spend it wisely. Jennifer Lee shares a story that will allow young readers to reflect on this in Gemma's Shopping Adventure. The story concerns Gemma, a girl who allocates the money received from her mother. She divides it into categories for different priorities because she wants to save for a bicycle, have spending money, and buy her sister Rory a birthday present. When she reviews her savings, Gemma realizes that she already has enough to buy the gift, so she goes with her mother to a store named Toy World. Gemma finds two dolls, one perfect for her and one for her sister. However, she then discovers that she cannot afford both. Now it's up to Gemma to find a solution.

Financial education is an essential skill. We are all involved with money regardless of age, which is why I found Gemma's Shopping Adventure such a fascinating book. The story provides a realistic example of what could happen to any child and highlights the need to manage money responsibly. The book also motivates children to think about others and to set priorities. It uses an entertaining story to explain basic economics. I liked the fact that Gemma had to consider the different alternatives for using her savings. She looked for options, but all were equally valid and this created a dilemma. Using this as a lesson, Jennifer Lee teaches children to maintain realistic expectations and understand the value of money.