Praise for Three Little Piggy Banks, a Financial Literacy Story Book

Below is a rave review of Three Little Piggy Banks by Pamela George. The review comes from a librarian, Catherine Bellamy, and is published in the Resource Link newsletter:

As a librarian, I haven’t often come across books that teach financial literacy to kids, so when I read Three Little Piggy Banks, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Financial literacy can seem intimidating, even for adults who have been paying bills and other expenses for years and years. It seems almost impossible to unpack such a mature subject for the youngest of children, but author Pamela George deftly simplifies the subject for young children. The book provides a very basic understanding of money: saving it, sharing it, and spending it. In the book, five-year old twins, Ella and Andy, are taught about saving money by their parents, who buy them each three piggy banks for their birthday. One piggy bank is for saving, one piggy bank is for sharing, and one is for spending.

In this book, children are shown how to be fiscally responsible in the simplest way. Each week, the children receive an allowance and they must decide how much to put in each bank. The kids each want to buy something big: Ella wants a camera and Andy wants a bicycle. Their parents guide them to getting what they want by setting goals, setting aside money every week, calculating how long it will take to save up enough money, all the while setting aside some of their allowance for sharing with others and for savings. Even though the book is about financial literacy, it also teaches about having compassion for others less fortunate, which is why one of the piggy banks the children receive is for sharing.

The note to parents and teachers by the author at the beginning of the book outlines some of the goals the author hopes the book will accomplish. Among these goals are to teach delayed gratification, keeping track of expenses, living within out means, and separating spending and saving. There is even an exercise that parents can do with kids, such as buying or making piggy banks and decorating them with children (modeled after the story). There is even a worksheet at the end of the book to help kids create financial goals and keep track of how much they are saving, spending, and sharing. This is an excellent book to help parents and educators teach children about financial literacy and why it is so important.

Thematic Links: Financial Literacy; Being Responsible with Money; Spending; Sharing; Saving; Delayed Gratification; Setting Goals; Allowance; Learning Skills

By Catherine Bellamy

Pamela George is giving a free workshop in Ottawa on Nov. 21st where she will be happy to answer questions about personal finance. Sign up today!

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Three Little Piggy Banks

November was a special month for DC Canada and a passionate local financial planner, and author, Pamela George. The 5th was the official release of Three Little Piggy Banks, a personal finance storybook for ages 4 to 8. Both the author and illustrator Meredith Luce received congratulatory plaques from Mayor Jim Watson whom called the book a “must read” and “fun teaching tool for young readers.”


Twins, Ella and Andy each receive three piggy banks for their birthday when they already have their hearts set on a camera and a bike. Why three piggy banks? Their clever parents have a much bigger gift in mind: a lesson in financial wisdom and a plan to set the twins up for a life of financial security.


It’s really that easy. Three dollars a week and a handy pull-out tracking sheet that comes with the book will give young readers a solid foundation of financial literacy that can improve their lives immeasurably.

We had the chance to talk to kids about piggy banks at Chapters-Rideau on November 12th.  It was no surprise that when we brought up the subject of saving, many kids told us about their dreams for the future and their heart’s desires. They know the exact amount they have saved in a piggy bank or their bank account, and often they know exactly how they plan to spend it. One boy claimed his $350 of savings would be spent on exactly 350 ice cream cones. Others had more practical goals in mind.

With a bit of guidance, youngsters will take on the responsibility of managing an allowance of any size with a lot of enthusiasm. Three Little Piggy Banks is a great tool for starting this conversation and illustrating the necessity of living within one’s means. Pamela George believes it is never too soon to start learning about money and how to manage it, so pick up a piggy bank, or two, or three! Start a conversation about personal finance with your kids today.

Les trois tirelires

Novembre était un mois spécial pour DC Canada et pour une planificatrice financière locale, et auteure, Pamela George. Le cinq novembre marquait le lancement de « Three Little Piggy Banks », un livre d’histoire sur les finances personnelles pour les enfants entre quatre et huit ans. L’auteure et l’illustratrice Meredith Luce ont reçu des plaques de félicitations du Maire Jim Watson qui a déclaré le livre « à lire absolument » et qui l’a qualifié « d’outil d’apprentissage amusant pour jeunes lecteurs ».


Les jumeaux Ella et Andy ont reçu trois tirelires pour leur anniversaire alors qu’ils désiraient à ce point faire l’acquisition d’une caméra et d’un vélo. Pourquoi trois tirelires? Leurs parents, futés, avaient un cadeau beaucoup plus important en tête : une leçon de sagesse et de sécurité financière à vie pour leurs jumeaux.


C’est réellement aussi facile. Trois dollars par semaine et une feuille de suivi détachable accompagnant le livre offriront aux jeunes lecteurs des bases solides d’alphabétisation financière qui pourront améliorer leurs vies de façon incommensurable.

Nous avons eu la chance de discuter avec des enfants au sujet des tirelires à la boutique Chapters Rideau le 12 Novembre. Ce ne fût pas une surprise, une fois le sujet des économies soulevé, de constater que plusieurs enfants aient naturellement des profonds désirs et rêves à partager quant à leur futur. Ils savaient exactement quelle somme ils avaient économisé dans leur tirelire ou dans leur compte, et ils savaient souvent exactement sur quoi allaient le dépenser. Un garçon a prétendu avoir 350$ d’économisé et qu’il allait le dépenser sur exactement 350 cornets de crème glacée. D’autres avaient des buts plus pratiques en tête.

Avec un peu d’orientation, les jeunes prendront la responsabilité de gérer leur allocation quelle que soit sa taille avec grand enthousiasme. « Three Little Piggy Banks » est un excellent outil qui permet d’amorcer ce sujet de discussion et d’illustrer la nécessité de vivre selon ses moyens. Pamela George croit qu’il n’est jamais trop tôt pour commencer à apprivoiser l’argent et la gérer, alors équipez-vous d’une, de deux ou de trois tirelires! Entamez une conversation au sujet des finances personnelles de vos enfants dès aujourd’hui.

All in a Day: Visiting the Winners of The Little Big Thinker Contest

S. Evelyn CimesaJuly 4, 2016 Events

In June 2016, DC Canada Education Publishing announced the winners of The Little Big Thinker contest.

Two students, Mattie Azizan and Autumn Weiss, placed 1st and 2nd, respectively, in The Little Big Thinker contest. They were part of the class that won the participation prize: Mr. Clarke’s grade 5 class, at Elizabeth Park Public School, had the most answers submitted of any other class that participated in the contest. Mattie’s and Autumn’s winning answers can be found here.

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Students from Mr. Clarke’s grade 5 class engage with author George Ghanotakis at Elizabeth Park Public School.

On June 28th, we went to Elizabeth Park Public School to award the students their prizes, as well as to award the entire class with a visit from the author of the My Little Book series, on which the contest was based — George Ghanotakis. Dr. Ghanotakis has been an educational consultant for over 20 years and has worked with the Ministry of Education in British Columbia, Ontario, and Québec.

Dr. Ghanotakis has been an educational consultant for over 20 years and has worked with the Ministry of Education in British Columbia, Ontario, and Québec. He specializes in curriculum creation and adaptation, and has created many educational products that help children develop critical and creative thinking skills.

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DC Canada Education Publishing visits Elizabeth Park Public School!

Dr. Ghanotakis spoke to the class about their answers, asked them hypothetical philosophy-based questions, and asked them to explain their answers to him, as well as their fellow peers.

While the questions were similar, students’ answers were not. It was fascinating to watch each student give their answer, watch them agree or disagree with one another, and continue to converse about the topic(s). Some students could be convinced that another answer made more sense, while others could not. Together, they learned that many answers can be derived from the same question and that all of them are equally acceptable and valid.

This discussion led up to the introduction of Playwise, a board game that requires teams of students to answer philosophical questions and provide reasons for their answers. The game rewards creativity and uniqueness and encourages students to provide many different possible answers to the same question.


Students conversing about possible answers to the chosen philosophical question.

Dr. Ghanotakis presented this game as a gift to the class for their participation in The Little Big Thinker contest, and asked if they would like to play. The answer was a unanimous “Yes!”

Students were divided into four teams and were presented with three cards each: Yes, No, and Maybe. These cards were used to decide what each team would like to answer each philosophical question with. These cards are initially placed face-down. Once revealed, each team would have to explain why they chose that response. For each well thought out answer, the team would be awarded a point by the designated judge.


After the game was played, Mattie and Autumn were awarded their prizes. Mattie received a certificate for 1st place and a hanging wall unit, complete with the My Little Book collection. Autumn received a certificate for 2nd place and a gift set of the complete My Little Book collection.

Tout en une journée: la visite des gagnants du concours “The Little Big Thinker”

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En Juin 2016, DC Canada Education Publishing annonçait les gagnants du concours « The Little Big Thinker ».

Deux étudiantes, Mattie Azinan et Autumn Weiss, s’étaient méritées les positions 1 et 2, respectivement, du concours « The Little Big Thinker ». Elles étaient dans la classe qui a gagné le prix de participation : la classe de niveau 5 de Monsieur Clarke à l’école publique Elizabeth Park, classe qui avait soumis le plus grand nombre de réponses parmi celles qui avaient participé. Les réponses gagnantes de Mattie et Autumn se trouvent ici.

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Les étudiants de cinquième année de Monsieur Clarke s’adressent à l’auteur George Ghanotakis à l’école publique Elizabeth Park.

Le 28 Juin, nous nous sommes rendus à l’école publique Elizabeth Park pour remettre aux étudiants leurs prix, ainsi que pour offrir à la classe entière une visite de la part de l’auteur de la série « My Little Book », George Ghanotakis, série sur laquelle le concours était basé.

Dr. Ghanotakis fût un consultant en éducation pour plus de 20 ans et a travaillé avec le Ministère de l’Éducation en Colombie Britannique, en Ontario et au Québec. Il se spécialise en création et adaptation de curriculum, et a créé plusieurs produits éducationnels qui ont aidé les enfant à développer des modes de pensée critiques et créatifs.

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DC Canada Education Publishing visite l’école publique Elizabeth Park!

Dr. Ghanotakis a discuté avec les étudiants de leurs réponses, leur a posé des questions philosophiques hypothétiques, et leur a demandé de lui expliquer leurs réponse ainsi qu’au reste de la classe.

Quoi que les questions aient été similaires, les réponses des étudiants ne le furent pas. Il fût intéressant d’observer chaque étudiant donner sa réponse, de les observer être d’accord ou non face à l’autre, et de continuer de converser sur les différents sujets. Quelques étudiants ont pu être convaincus qu’une autre réponse faisait du sens, et certains non. Ensemble, ils ont appris que plusieurs réponses peuvent être dérivées de la même question et que toutes peuvent être acceptables et valides.

Cette discussion nous a menés à l’introduction de « Playwise », un jeu de société qui requiert d’une équipe d’étudiants qu’ils répondent à des questions philosophiques et qu’ils fournissent des raisons pour leur choix. Le jeu récompense la créativité et l’unicité, et encourage les étudiants à fournir plusieurs réponses à une même question.


Des étudiants qui discutent des réponses possibles à une question philosophique.

Dr. Ghanotakis a présenté ce jeu en tant que cadeau à la classe pour leur participation au concours « The Little Big Thinker » et leur a demandé s’ils aimeraient jouer. La réponse fût unanime : « Oui! ».

Les étudiants furent divisés en quatre équipes et on leur assigna trois cartes chaque: « Oui », « Non » et « Peut-être ». Ces cartes furent utilisées pour décider ce que chaque équipe aimerait répondre à chaque question philosophique. Ces cartes furent initialement placées face vers le bas. Une fois les cartes révélées, chaque équipe dû expliquer les raisons de leurs choix. Pour chaque réponse bien réfléchie, une équipe se vu attribuée un point par un juge désigné.

Après la partie terminée, Mattie et Autumn se sont vues remettre leurs prix. Mattie a reçu un certificat de 1ière place et un appareil mural, en plus de la collection complète « My Little Book ». Autumn, elle, a reçu un certificant de 2ième place et un ensemble cadeau de la collection complète « My Little Book ».

Local Publisher DC Canada Education Publishing Debuts French Collection La Charte pour les enfants

(Ottawa, ON – April 14, 2016) — Are you ready to meet activist Alexander the Grape and feminist Emooly Murphy? How about witnessing the thrill of a Yukon sled race, or feeling your heart ache for a flock of dispossessed Canada geese as they make their traditional journey to and from their summer home in Canada’s North?

You’ve heard about their escapades and adventures in English. Now it’s time to discover these loveable characters in Canada’s other official language, French.

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