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*Pretty Penny Sets Up Shop* by Devon Kinch
Also by Devon Kinch:

Pretty Penny Cleans Up
Pretty Penny Sets Up Shop
by Devon Kinch
Grades K-2 40 pages Random House December 2010 Hardcover    

Pretty Penny is six years old and penniless, but she doesn’t let that stop her from planning something special for her Grandma Bunny’s birthday. Grandma Bunny doesn’t want her to spend a lot, but she wouldn’t mind having her attic cleaned out. Opening up the “Small Mall” solves both of their problems and creates an afternoon of fun.

Kinch created Pretty Penny to teach children about money. In this first book in the series, Pretty Penny sets up her own eco-friendly business, forms her first partnership (with Grandma Bunny) and learns how to handle cash transactions.

The dollar amounts that exchange hands are small, but the lessons are valuable. Children will learn how to set fair prices, provide good customer service, and count money. Pretty Penny has had other inspiring ideas in the past (hosting a dog fashion show, for example), but this one allows her to be self-sufficient and an entrepreneur.

Kinch combines retro and modern fashion and décor to create the illustrations in this story, using a variety of colors on the page but predominantly hot pink and yellow. Iggy, Pretty Penny’s pet pig, acts like a clown throughout most of the story - except when it comes to money. With a raise of his eyebrow, he is able to communicate to Pretty Penny what she should do with her earnings. Pretty Penny’s story shows how making money can be fun, and if spent right, rewarding.

Devon Kinch is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts. She lives in New York.

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