Mary Hill is an author of children’s books. Her set entitled Money Matters is designed to teach beginners how to count and use money. The book titles are Pennies, Nickles, Dimes, Quarters, Dollars, and Spending and Saving. These small thin books are easy for pre-school children to read and carry. About 18-24 pages in each book alternate between a simple sentence on the left page and a full sized illustration on the right page. The sentences are printed in large letters and illustrated with attractive photographs of real money and real people. A simple glossary is provided on the last page to facilitate understanding of the terms and pictures.
I found 2 of her 6 books in the Children’s section of our city library. In Dollars (ref 1), the U.S. dollar bill and dollar coin are described by appearance and cash value. Denominations of dollar bills are illustrated for $1 through $100. The attentive reader will quickly learn to recognize real money in contrast to play money.
In Spending and Saving (ref. 2), author Hill explained how earned income is saved and spent. Her pictures of adults at work show a healthy lifestyle for generating personal income. Children learn that they can save money by giving it to a bank teller or putting it in a piggy bank. The topic of spending money applies to choices among expensive items, such as a house, and everyday items such as groceries and school supplies. The attentive reader is exposed to several ways that adults earn money and use it wisely.
Young children who like to use computers can learn more about money at these websites:
- Dollars, by Mary Hill. Welcome Books (™): Money Matters. Danbury, 2005.
- Spending and Saving, by Mary Hill. Welcome Books (™): Money Matters. Danbury, 2005.
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