The Yoyo & the Piggy Bank Susan Werner Thoresen; Keith Eveland, illus.
Peter E. Randall Publisher 2015 • 40 pp. 18 color illus. 8 x 10" Juvenile Fiction - Money
$16.95 Hardcover, 978-1-942155-05-8
“I welcome this book and the lessons within—it sweetens the joy of yoyo'ing, as it teaches us how to accomplish a goal. It does a marvelous job illustrating this valuable lesson.”—Rae Dawn Chong, actress, writer, producer
A young girl learns about financial goal-setting as she does chores and saves coins in a piggy bank to buy her first yoyo
Anna’s pal Jackson dazzles her with his bright-green yoyo, inspiring Anna to buy her own. But how? Anna’s mother encourages her to earn the money herself, providing Anna with an heirloom piggy bank for saving (and rattling!) her coins. Neighbors offer paying chores and teach Anna some wicked tricks for the sparkly purple yoyo she wants from Mr. Jones’s store. The colorful illustrations capture the joy Anna feels earning her coins, learning about money, and shaking her humongous piggy bank as she nears her goal.
Author Susan Werner Thoresen has educated on financial literacy to elementary schools, retirees, and local governments, as cable TV host, school board member, and financial adviser. She enjoyed the mentorship of Else Holmelund Minarik, author of the Little Bear books, and received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship. She is a graduate of Smith College and Syracuse University, MPA. Keith Eveland continues a lifelong passion for illustration, oil painting, watercolor and sculpture. His enthusiasm and creativity can be seen in the 18 illustrations in this book. He enjoys his retirement from pediatric dentistry.