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Bunny Money (Max and Ruby)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  491 ratings  ·  90 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 January 1st 1995)
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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
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
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
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
Michelle McBeth
Ruby has saved up money for Grandma's birthday present. She and her brother Max take a bus to the gift shop. But Max is thirsty. Ruby gives him money for a lemonade, but Max spends the money on messy candy instead. Ruby must now spend money on a laundromat. Then Max is hungry. Each activity costs money causing Ruby's savings to quickly dwindle before they even get to the gift shop.

The illustrations are done in ink and watercolor. They are colorful and simple without too much on each page. The si
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.
Dec 19, 2014 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
I know we've read this one before, but I'm not sure when. It's a fun story that helps to show children how fast money can disappear and how small expenses can really eat up a budget.

I would recommend this book for parents who want to begin to introduce the concept of financial literacy to their younger children.

Our girls loved Max and Ruby stories when they were little. They've grown out of them now, but I enjoyed rereading the book while waiting for them to get their checkups at the dentist's
**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
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
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
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
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
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
It's grandma's birthday and Ruby has cash -- lots of it -- to spend on a music box with twirling ballerinas. Max spies some vampire teeth that he knows grandma would want.

Once again Rosemary Wells entertains whilst teaching a simple lesson -- this time on economics. She doesn't side-step vocabulary either. If this is "medicine" there's plenty of sugar here to help it go down!

Here's some more information on the importance of VOCABULARY as an EMERGENT LITERACY skill:
I'm hoping this will be my star tomorrow at storytime. I did laugh at the ending picture. What a great grandma.

Bunny Money
Wells, Rosemary
spending money is easy with max since he does not know the value of it but his big sister is able to find a deal for them both.
Sherry Thornberry
I like this book on counting money because it also had pictures to represent money and items that were purchased. That's a great way to help with fluency. The items the bunnies purchased for their grandmothers birthday were also quite funny because as a mother, I know I have received quite a few gift that made me go "Hum???"
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
Shan Vrolijk
aku suka sama grandma yang bijaksana :D
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
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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
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