Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday

Bibliographic Information: Viorst, J., & Cruz, R. (1978). Alexander, who used to be rich last Sunday. New York: Atheneum.

Brief Annotation: Alexander and his brothers each received a dollar from their grandparents. Over the course of the week, Alexander, in spite of wanting to save his money for a walkie-talkie, spends it on various bets and smaller trinkets.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 1-3

Readers who will like this: Children who enjoy humorous books will like this one, as well as children who have had experience with money (allowance, etc).

Rating/Response: 5 I love the Alexander books but have never read this one. He’s very young (and immature) and elementary readers will relate to his antics. It’s a funny, simple story that’s easy to follow.

One question you will ask before a read aloud: If I gave you a dollar, what would you buy? What could you buy?

Reading Strategy: Mathematics

Rationale for Strategy: The value of money is a mathematical standard beginning in first grade. Students could follow along with the book to determine how much Alexander is spending and how much he has left after each time he spends money.

Posted By: Caitlin Miller

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