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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
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1992
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2017
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
  • Reading age: 4 to 8


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

Multiple award winning illustrator Bill Slavin was born in Belleville, Ontario. His work includes the acclaimed 'Stanley's Party' written by Linda Bailey, 'Who Broke the teapot!' as well as more than 100 award winning children's books.
Among his many honours, Bill has won the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, the Blue Spruce Award, the California Young Reader Medal and the Zena Sutherland Award for Children's Literature. Recently, he has returned to his childhood love of comics and graphic novels, writing and illustrating the graphic novel trilogy Elephants Never Forget, as now the Mordecai Crow trilogy. Quid Pro Crow is Bil's second book with Renegade Arts Entertainment.

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

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