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Gram Hatter and Kat set off on an adventure. Gram quickly folds up a pirate hat and places it on Kat’s head and they begin their mission to help clean up the city park. Volunteering turns into a treasure hunt as Kat finds pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and even a dollar. With each discovery Kat gets a new hat and Gram Hatter teaches Kat how to count her coins as they pick up litter at the park. When Kat adds up her money, there’s enough for ice cream. Or should she donate the money to support the park instead?
With adorable, whimsical illustrations, Cash Kat tells of a girl named Kat and her fun-loving grandmother who go to the park to help clean it up. While there, Kat finds coins and a dollar. Her grandmother makes Kat a new hat each time a piece of money is found. She also explains to Kat what the money value of each piece is. Kat eventually finds enough money to purchase ice cream, but sees a donation jar at the park to help with a beautification project. Kat makes an important decision that the park is more important than ice cream and donates her newly found money. In the end, Kat's wish is granted anyway in the form of a coupon with the face value of a free ice cream.
This book doesn't take long to read but it packs a good amount of lessons and information. While reading, children can learn what coins look like and their monetary value. There's even visuals that show how the sum of coins can equal up to others. Kat and her grandmother are picking up trash at the park while they find the coins, which can lead to discussion on why it's important to keep our parks clean and pretty. Another value told in the story is that of generosity.
The "For Creative Minds" section in the back of the book has a lot of facts about money, including which president is on what coins and the decimal place value of money. In addition, there's a Counting Coins game where kids can match the groups of coins on the left to their values on the right. To top it off, there's also a topic on litter.
Cash Kat is a Spring 2016 book release by Arbordale Publishing.
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