Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday (Alexander)
Last Sunday, Alexander's grandparents gave him a dollar -- and he was rich. There were so many things that he could do with all of that money!
He could buy as much gum as he wanted, or even a walkie-talkie, if he saved enough. But somehow the money began to disappear...
Readers of all ages will be delighted by this attractive new edition of Judith Viorst's beloved picture...more
The illustrator in this book creates a space for the text at the top of the page and the illustration at the bottom of the page. The illustrator uses all black and white sketches throughout the entire book. These simple sketches with no color leave a need for very detailed pictures to get the emotion in the book. The illus ...more
* limited financial resources
* the benefits of controlling impulse
* the value of money
Beautiful in that it doesn't preach or tell, it demonstrates by example.
My son enjoys the story, and secretly picks up on the lessons...
Firstly, this is an American book, so all the references to cents/dollars/etc. will probably confuse a child in other countries (e.g. the UK). Similarly, there were some words that I didn't recognise ("lox") and other terms that aren't use ...more
Alexander has...bus tokens. And even when he's rich, pretty soon all he has is bus tokens.
He was rich. Last Sunday. Grandma Betty and Grandpa Louie came and gave Anthony and Nicholas and Alexander each a dollar. Alexander was saving his. Maybe for a walkie-talkie.
And then there was bubble gum, some bets with ...more
"Last Sunday, when I used to be rich, Cathy around the corner had a garage sale. I positively only went to look. I looked at a half-melted candle. I needed that candle. I looked at a bear with one eye. I needed that bear."
I know students have experience with being given money and making decisions on how to spend it, which makes this a book that students can definitely connect with. They can also make several types of connections with the relationship of Alexander ...more
I love this story. My students could totally relate to the problem of wanting to buy stuff the minute you have money in your pocket. When he talks about how hard it is to save your money there was lots of nodding in agreement.
The interactions with Alexander's brothers made everyone giggle a little.
After a few minutes, however, someone did suddenly have a light bulb moment about how inexpensive things are in this story! He can buy a lot just with $1! And who even uses pennies anymore? We don't! I ...more
My first thought after reading this book, is that it would be perfect for teaching a math lesson on money. I think that this was a fun book to read and a lot of kids would enjoy it. The problem I have with this book is that it was written in 1978, so the amount of money and what things cost is pretty different than today, so it may be a little confusing to kids. However, I think that will be something that I can address.
I would read this book and do a lesson on money a ...more
The nice-idea-poorly-executed aside, this book is horrid, basically a how-to manual for being mean. And it acts like this behavior is normal, in addition to the other appalling behavior like gambling, parents fining chi ...more
Ray Cruz used black and white cross hatching to illustrate this story. The illustrations in this book are very similar to those of “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”, with slightly more detail to the eyes and more negative space, less attention to the scenes in this book. Cruz focused a lot more on the facial expression to tell the story with his illustrations. Judith Viorst, again, uses untraditional punctuation placement and repetit ...more
--You make $10.00 a week for allowance.
--$3.00 a week goes to bills (you take you little brother for an afterschool snack on Fridays.)
--You donate $2.00 a week to a charity at school
--You use $3.00 a week for fu ...more
Alexander's brothers are rich. Alexander used to be rich last Sunday. Now he has...bus tokens. His grandparents came to visit last weekend and gave each brother a dollar. Alexander thought about saving his, but after some bubble gum, bets with his brothers, a garage sale, and other "must haves," he only has...bus tokens. Soon he begins to realize that some "needs" are really "wants" and that if he isn't careful, he's always going to end up with a pocket full of bus tokens.
What a ...more
Alexander's grandparents came to visit one Sunday. They gave Alexander and his two brothers each one dollar. Instead of saving, Alexander decides to spend his money on things like a melted candle, a teddy bear with one eye, he rented his friend's snake for one hour, and paid for other things that he really did not need. His dad also fined him when he did or said things that he shouldn't have. He keeps spending and losing money until he is left with two bus tokens. Then he reflects back to ...more
Young people will be able to relate to Alexander, especially if they like to spend money on things they want. The content is realistic. There i ...more
The book opens with Alexander lamenting the fact that he has no money. As the story unwinds, he explains why he has no money. Since last Sunday he has spent his money on all sorts of frivolous things.
As the book was written in the late 1970s, the amount of money has on Sunday is quite small. C ...more
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