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Once Upon a Dime: A Math Adventure

(Charlesbridge Math Adventures)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  19 reviews
For organic farmer Truman Worth, money does grow on trees. Readers calculate the changing value of his crop.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Charlesbridge (first published January 1st 1999)
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Adeline Cantu
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: math
I loved this book!!! It was such a great read, it is kind of a long book to have students sit through the whole thing without jittering but I think if we take breaks in between to have small discussions about what is going on and how math is being incorporated, I think that would be great for the students to stay engaged throughout the read-aloud. I really liked how many unique vocabulary words it has because it also gives us the opportunity to explain to our students what those words mean espec ...more
Lisa Bittle
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great and fun book to introduce math concepts in a story way. Loved it. My boys of 4, 7, and 9 years old really got into the story line, as did I, and enjoyed learning the math concepts throughout the story. This is my first time with such a Math Adventure book, I will definitely be looking for more in this series.
Emma Pruett
This is a good book to have to teach kids the value of money.
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
For 100 days of school, this would be a great book to read during math time to practice counting money!
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I believe that this would be a great book to have in any elementary school classroom. It teaches children the value of money, and how money is not the most important thing in life.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ellie, jacob, mom
Read this fun math book during our down time before roadtrip..krb 8/14/17
Whole And
Love this math adventure, general for coin and decimal work in addition to a meaningful message about money's level of importance.
Thoroughly enjoyed the story and doing 'the work.'

Annette Ruane
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: math-books
I like that this book is about the adventures a boy has when he figures out that the fertilizer he uses to grow a tree effects the kind of money the tree grows. This book takes children through the adventures of money. In my experience children love adventures. I like this book because on top of being a math related text it also had a great story as well as introduced the topic of money. The pictures in the book were soft and joyful. This text can help build your knowledge on money. It would be ...more
Ryan Miller
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A clever, whimsical tale of money that grows on trees. So many possibilities here--you can read it as it is, appreciating the wordplay and humor. You can teach social studies, as the animals' names are puns from historical figures. There's the math, adding up how much each crop is worth or determining what different fertilizer combinations would be worth. There's a message of plenty and contentment when the farmer decides to grow dimes for the sound, instead of maximizing the tree's earning pote ...more
Best for kids ages 4 and up
Early Literacy Skills: Print Motivation, Vocabulary, Narrative Skills

From cover:
One day, Farmer Worth notices a little tree growing where nothing has ever grown before. He gives it organic fertilizer and finds out the money really does grow on trees!
Lewis and Cluck provide the chicken droppings. Dwight D. Oinkenhower provides the pig squish. And Moolly Pitcher provides the cow pies. Farmer Worth's young helper counts up the coins and dreams of more. Will he end up as h
Taylor Munson
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I believe that it describes how to handle money in a fun and exciting way. The story line also is something completely different than what I have seen before. The way that Nancy Allen presents the money tree is a good way children can see and relate objects with money. The illustrations are also captivating. I believe this book gives children a great way to learn to make change and handle money and the prices of objects. It also somewhat teaches them about the value o ...more
Benjamin Elliott
Mar 31, 2016 rated it liked it
The story was a lot of fun, and did some interesting things in terms of what it could do. It calls itself a math adventure, however, and I'm not sure why. Yes, there are a number of math problems readily available to solve if you wanted to work them out, but they aren't actually laid out in the book, and there are no indications of exactly what they are anywhere. There isn't even an index talking about the value of coins and dollars, etc. So I wouldn't call it a math adventure myself, but it was ...more
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: holidays, math, money, counting
Great math book to implement in the classroom when discussing value of money. This book can used in lessons that discuss coin value. This book can give students practice with counting pennies, nickels, and quarters and grouping them into whole dollar amounts. As an extension, students could practice operations with money (addition/subtraction) and creating their own word problems based on the book.
Amber Adams
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: math
This narrative tells the story of a farmer who accidentally grows a money tree. During each year's harvest the tree produces more and more money. The young boy from the book collects the pennies, nickels, and dimes from the tree and counts them. I will use this book to help my students with counting money. They can create a tree if their own to paste money onto and calculate the money on the tree. ...more
Julia B
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: math-books
This book would be an excellent way of incorporating math skills and coin value for lower elementary students. Students could practice counting up pennies, nickels, and quarters and grouping them into dollar amounts. As an extension, students could practice operations with money (addition/subtraction) and creating their own word problems based on the book.
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was very different than other books. It talks about a tree that grows money! It is everyone's wish come true! I think this book would be a good way to introduce children to money. After reading the story, you could talk to them about all the different forms of money. Using this book would benefit you, because it may get the students more interested in money. ...more
Angela Kim
Dec 05, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is about a farmer growing a tree that grows money. When children are reading this book, they can count how much money the tree grew. Illustration is good for children and it uses lots of different colors which is more attractive to children.
Nov 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A picture book used to teach math concepts.
Feb 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is about a tree that grows different values of money. This is a good book to incorporate with a math lesson.
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