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Financial Fables are entertaining stories that combine reading, economics and personal finance into life lessons that feature "money morals."

Through quick, interactive online tales, students can learn useful financial management skills that will better prepare them for the future. Created for students ranging from preschool to fifth grade, Financial Fables teach students about savings, money management, and how to set short- and long-term financial goals. Each fable is designed around the concept that it’s never too early to start learning about financial responsibility.

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Percy Peacock and the Credit Crisis

February 11, 2015

Percy Peacock gets advice from Charlie Chickadee on how to handle credit purchases and payments successfully.  The story is centered on the moral:  "Use credit wisely and make payments on time to be a responsible consumer."

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Percy's Word Sort

Sort the description words from the fable into four categories. (Ages 8-10)

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Paying for Percy's Purchases

Do the math to help Percy keep track of his purchases. (Ages 8-10)

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Family Extension Activities

Try these additional activities after reading the fable.

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Shopping Wisely with Olivia Owl

February 11, 2015

Olivia Owl and Penny Pigeon share valuable advice with Rhoda Roadrunner to improve her shopping habits in this fable. The story is centered on the moral: "If you plan and compare before shopping, you will use your money more wisely."

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Alliteration AlertAlliteration Alert

Create a tongue twister sentence by using an alliteration example from the fable. (Ages 5-7)

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Be Aware and Compare

Choose the better shopping buy, using the measurement tips to compare prices. (Ages 8-10)

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Family Extension Activities

Try these additional activities after reading the fable.

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Oscar Ostrich Faces the Future

Meet Oscar Ostrich. In this fable, Oscar Ostrich is taught to think about his future needs and set financial goals to become more confident about his financial future.

The story is centered on the moral: "If you set and reach financial goals, your needs will be met in the future." View additional activities below.

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Scrambled Bird Words

Unscramble the eggs to form words from the fable. (Ages 5-7)

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Birdbrain Brainteasers

Try these math brainteasers to test your problem-solving ability. (Ages 8-10)

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Family Extension Activities

Try these additional activities after reading the fable.

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Penny Pigeon and the Missing Nest Egg

Meet Penny Pigeon and her friends Rosa Robin, Carl Cardinal and Judge Blue Jay. In this fable, Penny Pigeon learns to hunt and save for her future nest egg instead of taking valuables from other birds through counseling from Judge Blue Jay.

The story is centered on the moral: "A plan to save increases your nest egg for the future." The fable, in addition to the lesson plans and activities, is designed to teach students about the importance of saving and how to plan for both short-term and long-term goals.

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Connect the Clouds

Number the story events in order to review the fable content. (Ages 5-7)

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Bird Logic

Match the savings goal to each bird by following the logic clues. (Ages 8-10)

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Family Extension Activities

Try these additional activities after reading the fable.

Financial Fables is an e-book with colorful bird characters who face and solve financial problems. Younger children can use the "Read to me" function that highlights text while pages are read to them. Older children can choose the "Read by myself" function to read at their own pace.

Financial Fables have related teacher lesson plans and are aligned to national economic and personal finance standards, as well as state reading standards. Interactive features, including activities and games, accompany each fable to extend learning. Additional family activities are suggested to enrich the fable.

Published by the Public Affairs Department of
The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Author: Michele Wulff
Illustration/Animation: Casey McKinley
Multimedia Design and Audio Production: Kurt Iverson
Multimedia Design for Penny Pigeon and Oscar Ostrich: Kathleen Hoang
Animators: Tane Lee and Anggi Gularso
Editor: Jennifer Clark
Art Director: Angela Andersen
Web Project Manager: August Matlock-Carter
Narrator: Gigi Wolf
Voice of Jay the Eagle: Chad Letts

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Internet Connection: DSL or Cable
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