Just a Piggy Bank
written and illustrated by Gina and Mercer Mayer
page developed by Erin Williams
Grandpa gave me a piggy bank so I could
save my money! He gave my sister one too! Grandma gave us some money to
put in it! My sister put hers in her bank right away, but I thought it
would be cool to hold mine in my pocket for a while! The money was
still in my pocket when my friends came by later to go to the store. I
bought candy, gum, and a soda. I wanted to put the rest of my money in
my bank but I only had three pennies left!
I asked my mom for more money. She said I had to work for it! I cleaned
the living room and she gave me some money. I forgot to put in in my
piggy bank and I lost it!
grocery store, my sister bought some trading cards with her money. I
did not have any so I cried! Mom bought the cards for me but she said I
would have to do chores for them! I did a lot of chores! Finally, mom
said I had earned my cards. I still did not have money for my bank
though. She said I could do more chores to earn more money. I worked
and worked! Mom gave me some money! I went right upstairs and put it in
my piggy bank! I really learned a lesson about money!
Critical Thinking Questions:
1. How would the story have been different if the boy would have put
his money in the piggy bank in the beginning?
2. What do you think the lesson the boy learned is?