How the Second Grade Got $8,205.50 to Visit the Statue of Liberty

Title: How the Second Grade Got $8,205.50 to Visit the Statue of Liberty   20140402_112636

Author: Nathan Zimelman

Illustrator: Bill Slavin

Publisher and Year: Albert Whitman & Company, 1992

Number of pages: 30

Genre: Humor, Realistic fiction

Descriptive Annotation: This book is about a second grade class trying to raise money to go on a trip to visit the Statue of Liberty. They complete various jobs around the city, such as an “All-Kinds-of-Paper Drive,” lemonade stand, baby-sitting, dog walking, candy sales, and a car wash. Throughout this whole process, one student calculates the class’ expenses and profits. They seem to be spending more than they are making and they begin to worry. However, their worries disappear when they get their hands on over $8,000 by a lucky coincidence. The class can finally go on their trip and they are ecstatic! The students are comical and the pictures are colorful and look as if a child painted them, which makes you believe that an actual second grade class made the book. Students will need to know what profits and expenses are before reading this book.


Linguistic and Cultural Diversity Analysis: The class is made up of a diverse group of students, but does not really include other ties to cultural diversity. The text is not very difficult nor long, which would make this book a good fit for middle elementary students.

Interdisciplinary Connections: As a way to integrate this book into a math or economics lesson, you could have your class design a plan or budget of how they are going to achieve a goal, whether it be a class trip or a donation for a local charity.

Other Information: I think this book is very cute. Before reading this book, you may want to talk about what the Statue of Liberty is. As a closure activity and a way to integrate writing, you could have your students write about how they would carry out one of the jobs the class did in the book, specifically what they would do similarly and differently.

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