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Breaking the Piggy Bank

Illustrated by Xindi Yan



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About The Book

Bella, Emily, Maddie, and Sam decide to create their very own start-up—a lemonade stand!—in this fifth book of the Craftily Ever After chapter book series.

Bella, Emily, Maddie, and Sam have been hard at work in their craft studio—so busy in fact, that their supplies are starting to dwindle. It’s time to stock up! In order to add a little money to their piggy bank, the friends decide to combine their skills and use the last of their allowance to create their very own business: a lemonade stand! But something’s not quite right. While the stand looks fabulous, the lemonade is…not. And where are all their customers? Can these crafty entrepreneurs save their business before it’s too late?

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Craftily Ever After chapter books are perfect for emerging readers.


Breaking the Piggy Bank CHAPTER 1 --> Empty Shelves

It was hot out. And it was even hotter in the craft clubhouse, which was in Bella Diaz’s backyard. Bella and her three best friends were there working on all sorts of different craft projects. They’d propped the doors open to catch the occasional breeze.

Despite the heat, the four friends were having fun. Sam Sharma was pinning up his latest sketches and planning his next painting. Maddie Wilson was sewing sequins onto the sleeves of a dress she was making. Bella was writing code for a new video game. And Emily Adams had just finished sawing a piece of wood.

“Hey, are we out of sandpaper?” asked Emily after she checked the supply shelves.

Bella shrugged. “I don’t usually use sandpaper when I’m coding.” She laughed. “So I don’t know. Are we out of it?”

“Looks like it. I need to sand the puppy stepladder I’m making.” Emily showed her new project to her friends. “See? Otherwise, Woody will try to climb onto my bed and end up with splinters in all four paws!”

“Woof!” said Sam. “I guess we need to pick up some sandpaper. In the meantime, want to grab a paintbrush and help me?”

“Sure,” said Emily. But when she looked in the paint supply area, she called out, “We’re out of paint, too.”

“You guys can always sew with me,” called Maddie. “Check it out! This is the dress I’m going to wear to my cousin’s wedding!”

“Did you say dress?” asked Bella. “I think you mean shirt.”

Sure enough, the garment looked way too short to be a dress!

“It’s fine,” said Maddie, rummaging through the sewing supplies. “I’ll just piece together some more fabric and . . . Oh no! I thought we had plenty of this fabric. I can’t go to the wedding with half a dress!”

“Want me to start a shopping list?” suggested Bella, opening a new window on her computer. “Paint, sandpaper, fabric . . . Anything else?”

“Yes,” said Emily, looking at the craft clubhouse’s mostly empty storage shelves. “We’re running low on almost everything.”

About The Author

Martha Maker is a dedicated crafter who is always working on a project—or several! When she’s not writing books, you can often find her at her favorite community garden with her paint set. She lives in Washington, DC, with her family, which includes two kids, two dogs, and two guinea pigs.

About The Illustrator

Xindi Yan left behind a small city in China to realize her dream of being a published artist. Having always wanted to illustrate children’s books, she buried herself in countless books and drawings, collecting them even today. Xindi currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and dreams about having a puppy in the near future.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Little Simon (January 8, 2019)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534429031
  • Grades: K - 4
  • Ages: 5 - 9

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