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The Yoyo and the Piggy Bank, Thoresen, Eveland

The YoYo and The Piggy Bank

by Susan Thoresen, illustrated by Keith Eveland

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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.

“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

About the Author

Susan Werner Thoresen has educated groups of all ages on financial literacy—as a cable TV host, school board member, planning consultant and financial adviser. She enjoyed the mentorship of Else Holmelund Minarik, author of the Little Bear books, and received a National Endowment of the Humanities fellowship at the University of Iowa. She is a graduate of Smith College and Syracuse Unversity, MPA. Sue and her husband Bob live in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and have two children and four grandchildren who were born after the third draft of this book!

About the Illustrator

Keith Eveland has had a lifelong passion for art including illustration, oil painting, water color and sculpture. His enthusiasm and creativity can be seen in the illustrations in this book. He lives in Rye, New Hampshire, with his partner Trish. He enjoys his retirement from his prior life as a pediatric dentist.

Ordering Information

Pub Date: April 1, 2015 – Fiction/Money Skills. Illustrated Hardcover $16.95, full color, 40pages, 10x8, 5-9 yrs, ink/watercolors. ISBN 978-1-942155-05-8


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