Singleton, Linda Joy. Cash Kat. Illustrated by Christina Wald. Arbordale Publishing, 2016. $9.95. ISBN 978-162-855735-0. 32 pages. Ages 4-8. P8Q6.
The story starts as Kat is waiting on her porch, dropping pennies into her piggy bank. She is waiting for Gram Hatter who arrives calling, “Ready for a treasure hunt, Kat?” Gram Hatter carries a craft bag where she routinely plucks paper to fold into interesting hats. They are at the park to pick up trash, yet Gramma Hatter calls it a treasure hunt while imagining that they are pirates in their newly designed pirate hats. The pirate crew finds pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters while patrolling for trash. Kat’s pirate hat is soon replaced with a queen’s crown as she finds more and more coins while collecting trash. The hat takes on a final look to celebrate the luck of finding a dollar bill. Now, Kat has enough money for an ice cream though she is torn between donating the money to help improve the park or keeping it for her treat. There are four pages designated for curriculum connections. On the money, decimal place value, counting coins, and clean it up connect to Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core.
February 2016 review by Penny McDermott.