Monday, April 15, 2024

*Review* MoneyWise Mabel's Bursting Bank by Kalee Boisvert


Genre: Children's Ages 4-6
Published: September 19, 2023
Pages: 32

What should Mabel do now that her piggybank is full to the brim? Buy lots of candy? Spend it all on that toy she’s been eyeing? Finally get that unicorn sprinkler that sprays water from its horn?

When Mabel pulls her piggy bank out from under the bed, it’s stuffed. She can’t fit one more coin inside–Piggy is 

What should Mabel do with all that money? Buy candy? Toys? Games!? Mabel’s so excited that her bed becomes a trampoline and she wants to spend it 
all. But then her mother explains that money doesn’t have to burn a hole in your pocket—a lesson that sends Mabel on a journey to learn what it means to become “moneywise.” Follow her as she takes her first steps to independence by opening a bank account!

Teach your school-aged kids fundamentals about money management with this approachable, fun, and charming debut from Kalee Boisvert, full of colorful illustrations and easy-to-understand concepts.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This is a fun story about a girl who has filled up her piggy bank with coins and wants to use her money to buy candy, like most kids would. Her mom talks her into opening up a savings account with the money instead and she learns about what happens with money at the bank. Then she decides that she wants to save up her money to take her mom on a beach vacation. 

If I thought that reading this book to my children multiple times would brainwash them into wanting to take me on a beach vacation with their savings, I would read it to them every night (although they're past that age at this point, so I'm basically a day late and a few thousand dollars short). It was a pretty informative story with language that would be easy for kids to understand though and does explain the benefits of saving your money. 

The illustrations were fairly simple but colorful keeping the focus more on the message than the pictures. Overall I give this book 3.9854 out of 5 stars. - Katie Instagram: @kaleeboisvert

Kalee Boisvert has been in the financial industry for over fifteen years, but her love of money began very young. Growing up in a single parent household, she watched her mom struggle with finances and wished there was something she could do to help. She wasn’t going to allow her circumstances to define her, and thus her own journey into financial literacy and wealth management began. Kalee now has an MBA in Finance from the Haskayne School of Business and is a financial professional whose focus remains on sparking healthy and positive conversations around wealth and investments. She is also a proud mom to eight-year-old Ivy and new baby Jax. She lives with her family in Calgary, Alberta. MoneyWise Mabel’s Bursting Bank is her first book for children. Her self-help title Make Money Your Thing will be released by RE: Books in Spring 2023.

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