The U.S. Piggy Bank

A Story of Debt, Unity, and Hope

Children - Educational
37 Pages
Reviewed on 02/26/2019
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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite

In The U.S. Piggy Bank, Karl Steam has created a book that connects historical figures and the nation's bank with children's own savings and spending skills. Right from the title page, you get both the sense of history and money management skills with intelligent money quotes and tips from the forefathers of the United States - Jefferson, Hamilton, Franklin - as well as more current role models like President Barack Obama.

The imagery of the book was interesting, with a blend of real photos of national monuments, currency, landscapes, soda cans, etc. and computer-generated graphics in bright colors depicting piggy banks, dollar signs, and other familiar money imagery. Steam has taken heavy concepts like the national debt and broken these down into simple terms that might help a child understand math and potentially even begin to grasp some politics from a young age. Much of the book is spent comparing the sheer amount of the national debt to other abstract concepts, like comparing the debt to the number of golf balls that it would take to get to Venus, or that the weight of the national debt in pennies would be the same as 47 Titanics.

I really liked the call to action at the end of the book that had activities for kids to participate in to better understand how the national debt can be determined for each citizen, and further activities for many different types of classes including math, social studies, and English/language arts.