In this book, Caren Holtzman [Hello Math Reader, Level 3] recounts in verse how a young boy spends the quarter he got from the Tooth Fairy for his tooth. He first buys a monster for his quarter but then decides it wasn't quite right and returns it, getting 2 dimes and 1 nickel back. Each time he buys and returns an item, he gets his 25 cents back in a different combination of coins, making this book an excellent introduction to the problem of how many different ways students can make 25 cents.

**Challenge**: What other ways could the character have gotten his 25 cents in change?

- Try to find all of the different ways.
- How did you organize your answer to be sure you had found all of the ways?
- Download the How Many Different Ways Can You Make 25 Cents? student worksheet and answer key.

**Writing Extension:**Each student writes additional pages for the story that describe what the character buys and what combination of coins he gets back when he ultimately returns the item.

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