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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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
Operating System: Windows XP or later, and Mac OS X or later
Processor/CPU: 1.6GHz or faster for Windows®, or 1.33 GHz Intel Core Duo™ or faster for Mac OS
Memory: 2GB of RAM or more
Graphic Card: 128MB of graphics memory or more
Plugin: Adobe Flash Player version 10 or later
Screen Resolution: 1024x768 or higher
Internet Connection: DSL or Cable
Other: Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.0 or later