A smart kid. Immediately I want to give this to the grade 6 student I am tutoring who obviously has the same savviness for money, and a good heart.
It is never to early to start a business. And this is a great book about entrepreneurship, competition, collaboration, and finally, even the reasoning and ethics of business- social entrepreneurship!...Continua
Lunch Money by Andrew Clements is a great book for any middle school student who enjoys making, saving or spending money. Lunch Money is about Greg, a sixth grade entrepreneur who loves money and is always looking for ways to make more of it. One of Greg’s greatest money making plans involves using another one of his talents, drawing comic books and selling them to his school mates. Greg’s plan is quickly foiled by his neighbor and adversary Maura, as well as his school principal Mrs. Davenport. Through his experiences, Greg finds that there is more to life than simply making money; life is about relationships with people.
I like the way this book shows the ingenuity of young adolescents and how their experiences mold their development. Greg is a strong person; however, when he faces adversity, he reaches out to the people around him to work through the issue. He becomes friends and business partners with a Maura and the unlikely pair learns to work together and achieve more than they could individually. I like they way that the two students also seek help from a teacher that they trust.
I didn’t like the way that Clements depicted the principal of the school as the antagonist of the story. I would have rather seen Mrs. Davenport’s point of view as a valid argument instead of simply a narrow minded opinion. All does work out in the end and Mrs. Davenport comes to an agreement with the students.
One of the connections that I found between this book and my own experiences was that Greg was such a mature, responsible sixth grader. Many books about middle school students depict them as self centered and irresponsible. While Greg was greedy at the beginning of this book, he became aware of this fact and changed his way of thinking. Greg was also very responsible; he possessed more business sense than many adults.
Another point that I related to was the way that Greg sought help from a teacher. I can think of a few special teachers that were always there to help me and give me advice whenever I needed it. Greg also showed his ability to adapt his thinking and find a way to work things out. I also try to be flexible and find ways to work with people and make things work.
I feel like I can use this book in my math class when I am teaching. The book references Greg’s financial decisions based on cost and profit. Greg also mentions percentages many times as Greg is describing loaned money and shared profits. On another level, the book brings to light middle school social interactions. This is a tough time of discovery for students and this book shows how, if students go outside their comfort zones, they can find new friends in unexpected places. This book would also appeal to students who like art and literature.
This is a really good book. I will definitely recommend it to my students, even if I don’t integrate it into the overall curriculum that I teach....Continua