Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Money We'll Save by Brock Cole


The Money We'll Save 
by Brock Cole
Library
Picture Book
2011

Book Jacket Summary
When Pa brings a turkey poult home to fatten for Christmas dinner, he assures Ma that it will be no trouble since it can live in a box by the stove and eat table scraps--and just think of the money we'll save! But it's not quite so simple to raise a turkey in a tiny flat in a nineteenth-century New York City tenement. Can Pa and the children manage the willful and growing Alfred and keep the neighbors happy until Christmas? Pa finds a solution for every difficulty--until he encounters one that threatens to ruin Christmas completely. How the family joins together to solve this last difficulty makes for a very funny and satisfying holiday story.

My Quick Thoughts
 This book brings to mind A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith because of the poor family trying to get by. It is certainly a quicker look than Betty Smith's wonderful epic but still a nice beginning to the theme. The book takes a humorous look at how a turkey disrupts the lives of a tenement family right before Christmas. Pa is convinced that keeping a turkey will save them money and that is his mantra throughout the book. Instead of saving them money, it makes a mess and eats constantly. In the end the children won't hear of killing their friend Alfred and he is given to a neighbor. This is a cute book and a sweet Christmas story about family love. I would recommended this one to those who enjoy a humorous story set around Christmas.

Book Pairings 
A Christmas Tree for Pyn by Olivier Dunrea
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

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