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Children's Fiction Money

How the Second Grade Got $8,205.50 to Visit the Statue of Liberty

by (author) Nathan Zimelman

illustrated by Bill Slavin

Albert Whitman & Company
Initial publish date
Jan 1992
Money, School & Education
Recommended Age
0 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
Recommended Reading age
4 to 8
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1992
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2017
    List Price

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The class tries to earn money for a field trip.
Susan Olson, second-grade treasurer and reporter, here dutifully records the comical details that surround this adventurous tale under the headings, "Expenses" and "Profit." Spurred on by a desire to visit the Statue of Liberty, the class tries to earn money for the trip by collecting paper, running a lemonade stand, sitting babies, walking dogs, and selling candy.

About the authors

Nathan Zimelman's profile page

Bill Slavin has illustrated over sixty books for children, including Stanley's Party, Stanley's Wild Ride, Stanley at Sea, Transformed and The Farm Team. He lives in Millbrook, Ontario, with his wife, their cat, two rabbits, five squirrels and a family of cardinals.

Bill Slavin's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"Written in the style of a treasurer's report, this hilarious picture book details the trials and triumphs of a group of children attempting to raise money for a trip to the Statue of Liberty…Slavin's expressive, watercolor-and-ink illustrations mesh perfectly with Zimelman's deadpan text. A great choice for read-alouds, this will also make an excellent introduction to primary units on money."—Booklist

"Susan Olson, a second grader at Newton Barnaby School, describes in humorous detail How the Second Grade Got $8,205.50 to Visit the Statue of Liberty. She outlines all of the expenses and profits, as well as the disasters incurred from a variety of fund-raisers to make the trip possible…The contemporary, lively watercolor illustrations emphasize the outlandish situations."—School Library Journal

Other titles by Bill Slavin