This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
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.