Why did Michaels mother tell him the story about his old teddy bear?
(She used the story to make a comparison. Michael was able to get rid of his old things when Aunt Dew came to live with them. He was making room for her in his old room. In the same way, Ruth Thomas wanted Aunt Dew to get rid of her old things to make room in her heart for their family.) • Why didn’t Michael want his mother to get rid of the old box? (He knew that it meant a lot to Aunt Dew. Michael believed that if the box were discarded, Aunt Dew would have no reason to go on living.) • Explain that the way Aunt Dew was saving her pennies in a box is just one place to save money. Ask students to name other places. (piggy banks, secret hiding place at home, in a bank) • Tell students that saving money in a bank or other financial institution has a big advantage over saving it in a wooden box. Write the word “interest” on the board. Define interest as payment made for the use of money. Explain that banks pay interest as an incentive to savers. For example, a bank might pay a saver $4 i