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Bunny Money (Max and Ruby)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  431 ratings  ·  84 reviews
For Grandma's birthday, Max and Ruby have a walletful of bills and very different ideas about the perfect present. Big sister Ruby favors a ballerina box; Max knows Grandma would love some ooey-gooey vampire teeth. But as rambunctious Max gets hungry, thirsty, and messy, the bunny siblings may not end up with enough money to buy anything...
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 29th 2000 by Turtleback Books (first published March 1st 1997)
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My niece, nephew and I all liked Bunny Money. My nephew asked for a second reading, too. The story is great for giving kids a visual aid as we learn about "Where Money Goes." My niece and nephew are always hearing, "No, we don't have enough money for that," or "Sorry, Honey, I don't have any money today," and I don't know if they really get what that means. Seeing the money disappearing out of Ruby's wallet as she and her brother indulge in wants, and take care of needs was just brilliant, I tho...more
Oct 25, 2008 Mahrya rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 2nd and 3rd Graders
Shelves: juvenilia
Wells, Rosemary. Bunny Money, Dial Books for Young Readers, unnumbered pages. Picture book, concept book about money.

Description: Max and Ruby go out to buy their grandma a birthday present and spend a lot of extra money along the way. They have to pick some less expensive presents, but their grandma still likes them.

Review: This book teaches kids about money by clearly displaying Ruby's wallet every time they make a purchase. The audience can see exactly how much money Ruby and Max start out wi...more
★★★★Bunny Money by Rosemary Wells

This was free through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program.

This is another cute Max and Ruby story. As usual Max is up to mischief, and it is costing the precious little money they have to buy Grandma's birthday present. A nice way to show young children the use of money.
Teaching financial literacy to preschoolers. This is my best bet - vampire teeth and bluebird earrings....yay.
Sarah Landwehr
The concept book “Bunny Money” by Rosemary Wells tells the story of the bunnies, Max and his sister, Ruby, and their shopping trip to buy their grandma a birthday present. The two decide they want to buy grandma a music box that they see in the gift shop window, but before they purchase it they spend their money on lunch and other items. Predictably, when they return to the gift shop to buy the music box, the siblings discover that it is a hundred dollars. Although they never had enough money fo...more
**Concept Book:
"Bunny Money" by Rosemary Wells is a great concept book for children. This book in particular talks about two bunnies, Ruby and Max, who go out shopping for their grandmothers birthday. On the way to purchase a music box for their grandmother, Max and Ruby end up spending their money on other things they did not intend to buy. Ruby spends her money on bus fare and laundry while Max ends up spending his money on candy vampire teeth and lunch. When they finally arrived at the gift s...more
Jessica Vanhemel
The illustrations and cover art were alright, nothing fancy, something that a young child would enjoy or be intrigued by. They followed along with the story very well, if a child was unable to understand the words they would still be able to follow along with the pictures. One nice feature is that there is a wallet at the bottom of the pages, as they spend money on their trip the child can follow along with how much money was spent and how much is left.

This is a story of Ruby, and her little br...more
Leah Robinson
I thought this book was great for the most part. The illustrations went along with the story very nicely and the illustrations themselves were very detailed, cute, and uniform. It's a a nice story of generous grand kids trying to buy their grandmother a nice surprise birthday gift. However Max and Ruby do what kids do best, waste money. However, it is not all a total loss.
The main reason I liked this book was because it has great potential to aide a money unit. You could have students keep trac...more
I have grown up reading the classic Max & Ruby series by Rosemary Wells, so I was not surprised to love this book just as much as I have all the others. I see how exposing a young student to this book would prove to be very beneficial down the road. Not only does this story contain the simple mathematical elements of adding and subtracting small numbers, it also introduces the idea of spending and saving money. Children see their parents spend money all the time, and it is good for them to u...more
Kaitlyn Stanfield
Bunny Money is a great concept book about spending money and how everything you do costs something. In the book, Max and Ruby were going shopping for their Grandma's birthday present. They started off with a wallet full of money. Ruby was trying to save money for the gift but Max got thirsty, but ended up going to Candi's Corner and spent the money on vampire teeth, then he got cherry syrup on his clothes so they had to go to the laundry mat and had to pay for that. Then comes lunch time, Max a...more
Bunny Money is a concept book to help children learn about money and spending it and how it works. It does a great job teaching money lessons. Max and Ruby go out to buy their grandmother a birthday gift. Like adults, they only have so much money they can spend. While shopping, Max gets thirsty, hungry, and just wants to spend the money. Ruby looks out for her brother. The gift they want to buy their grandmother costs more money than they even started with, so they have to change their plans.
As a child, I would always watch Max and Ruby, thus I am a huge fan of this concept- picture book by Rosemary Wells! This concept picture book teaches children "money lessons." One of those lessons being, items have different values. Ruby really wants to get her grandmother this ballerina music box, but it ends up costing way more than she thought it would. Thus, Ruby ends up buying musical bluebird earrings instead. This tells children that you can not always get what you want. Ruby and Max's g...more
Katie McGaha
I thought this story was cute and original. You surely have read a book involving some species of child and their grandparent, but this book definitely wasn't the same old song and dance. The story is about two bunnies, Ruby and Max, and how they want to buy their Grandma a birthday present. They have some rather unexpected mishaps of course, one in particular involving some bloody teeth. This book is also a great example of a counting picture book because it revolves around Ruby and Max's money...more
I like all the ways Max gets into trouble in this book, especially when he buys vampire teeth and when he eats two cupcakes. He spends almost all of Ruby's money before she can buy a present for Grandma's birthday, but Grandma loves her vampire teeth anyway.
Edward Creter
The money in this book resembles play money from a Monopoly game, but the baby bunny who spends it with help from mom takes it seriously--or tries to when not buying vampire teeth. A wonderful book.
Bunny siblings Max and Ruby want to buy the perfect birthday gift for their Grandma, but when Max spends his money impulsively on other things one after another, Ruby must change her plans. In this Max and Ruby picture book by Rosemary Wells teaches the value of money and how to settle when one cannot afford what one wants to buy.
Aw, good old Max and Ruby. Max spends all of Ruby's money on vampire teeth and they are forced to call grandma to pick them up because they have no bus money. Where are their parents??
Holly Letson
This is a book about Max and Ruby, rabbit children, who are buying their grandmother a birthday present. Max keeps causing trouble, which costs money to fix. Ruby wants to get a music box, but it costs $100, and they only have $5.
Ruby ends up buying some singing bluebird earrings for grandma, and Max gets her some glow-in-the-dark vampire teeth. They are out of money now, when none left for the bus ride home.
But, they call grandma, and she picks them up. And, she loves the presents!
Ages 3 and up

After saving up money, Ruby takes Max to go shopping for a present for their grandma. Max continues to get in trouble and costing money so at the end of the story they only have enough money for grandma's present, but not for the bus ride home. They call grandma and she is happy to come get them and wears her presents as she drives them.

This would be a good story to read to children to talk about money. Max is very irresponsible with the money and therefore they can't get everythin...more
I like this book because it teaches children about the value of money. Max and Ruby started out with $15 dollars and found that they were spending the money very fast because Max had other needs that were more important to him and this put the purchase of the grandmothers gift last. In the end they were able to purchase a gift. It wasn't the gift they were wanting but it was the greatest gift for the grandmother. Children need to learn the value of money and the inside cover of the book displays...more
This is a cute book about Max and Ruby and their day with money. It is great to read and help children learn about money and how we spend it, along with how much is spent and different prices. Max and Ruby start off with a certain amount but spend it throughout the day; every time it is spent on something it is written how much is lost with a picture beside it and what they spend it on. I think this is a great book to read to introduce the concept of money, which can be very confusing. It's also...more
This is a cute book because it is about a brother and sister that want to get their grandmother a present for her birthday. One the way there they have to spend money on taking the bus, lunch, drinks, and the brother accidentally buys a toy for himself so they have almost no money left for what they wanted to get their grandmother. So they get her some earrings instead and hope that shell like them. She ends up loving them because her grandchild gave them to her. This book sends out a message th...more
Lucero Hernandez
Fun book for lessons on money. The book begins with two bunnies who want to buy a gift for their grandma. As they search for the gift, they spend the money until they discover that they can not afford grandma's original gift and instead have to buy something that they can afford. This book teaches children about the responsibility that comes with handling money. It also is great for children to witness how much the bunnies spend and for the students to determine what would have been better ways...more
Robin Rousu
One of the better Max and Ruby books. Recommended for ages 3.5-5.
Chelsea Bucci
Characters Max and Ruby go on a shopping trip throughout the story. Each page shows the exact money amount that they spent. This is a great book for young readers such as 1st- 2nd grade. This book would best be incorporated into a money lesson when students are just beginning to learn the values of each coin and bill. It would also be easy to do a language arts extension on this book where students write about their own shopping trip where they spend various amounts of money.
captured Ella's attention even though the concept of spending money one dollar at a time (probably?) went over Ella's head. The text inserted little illustrations depicting the words of the text, ie: a picture of three bunny money bills when they are spent. The bottom of each page shows Ruby's wallet with the bunny money bills depleting as it is spent. Great "living" book about math, money, consequences of spending money, learning to spend money wisely.
This book introduces us to the popular bunnies Max & Ruby. they have to count money throughout the book in order to buy items. This book can be used in the classroom in many different ways. The students can count money as the book is read aloud and they can see how much money they spent or count how much money they need for an item. Money is something that can be applied outside of the classroom so students can get more practice outside of the classroom.
Sarah Kasper
I would love to have students make their own money before reading the story, "Bunny Money." Then as we read the story, I would have students use their money to spend on things like the characters do in the story. For example, when the character buys something, I would have students take that much money out of their "wallets." As we read the story we would keep track of how much money we had left and how much money we had spent so far.
Sung Baick
Teachers can use this book for counting (pre-k-k) and also use it for counting money (k-1)! This can be a great book to weave in literacy in a math lesson! Students can start off with the same amount of bills as Max and Ruby and then follow along with the book. When Max and Ruby spend money, students must take money out of their "wallet" too. It'll be great for talking about money, spending money, shopping for gifts, etc.
Gaby Roman
I enjoyed this short story and would read it to my class if we were learning about money. I would have my students raise the correct amount of money that the story is explaining as I read. This would help me see who understand the amount of money and who doesn't. I would use this book to introduce a math lesson about money. I could also have items in the class for sale, and have the students buy things with their own money.
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Rosemary Wells is the author of a number of popular children's books, most notably the Max and Ruby series which follows the everyday adventures of sibling bunnies - curious three year old Max and bossy seven year old Ruby. She gets the inspiration for Max and Ruby from her two daughters and the experiences they...more
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