Reviews for Money, Money, Money : Where It Comes From, How To Save It, Spend It, And Make It

Booklist Reviews 2005 January #1
Gr. 4-6. For kids a little hazy on the general principles of money management and the differences between stocks and bonds and credit and debit cards, Drobot offers a once-over laced with historical tidbits about everything from the invention of coinage to the Internet bubble and the spread of ATMs. A plethora of facts, anecdotes, and miniglossaries makes this as suitable for browsing as for sustained reading, and the mix of smoothly drawn graphics and color photos--mostly of rare and foreign money--add both detail and appeal. Along with the history, Drobot includes sensible advice about such topics as earning and spending money and choosing PINs. Despite occasional bobbles ("Phony as a two dollar bill" is not an American expression), this is a breezy, approachable, up-to-date alternative to the likes of Steven Otfinoski's Kid's Guide to Money (1996) and Neale S. Godfrey's Ultimate Kids' Money Book (1998). ((Reviewed January 1 & 15, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.

ForeWord Magazine Reviews 2005 March/April
"It's true there aren't any parks graced by shady trees with leaves of crisp dollar bills," writes the author. "But money does grow on trees, and on bushes, and even under the ground, too." Most children are fascinated with money. They earn it, receive it as gifts, find it, or yearn for it, but how much do they really know about it? After reading this book, they'll know it all, including the fact that paper money is made from trees' wood pulp and the leaves of cotton and flax bushes. Kids ages nine to thirteen will learn how money is made, its history, its future, and everything in between. The detailed text combined with credited photographs and clever illustrations create a book that is both informative and entertaining. Chapters that catch the reader's attention include "Cops and Robbers," a look inside the illicit world of counterfeiting, stealing, and conning; and "Money Talks," fascinating facts about the different terms used to describe money, including foreign languages and slang. Along with all the money facts, the author shares tips on earning, saving, sharing, and protecting money. Want to be a millionaire? "Set aside five dollars a day for ten years. Then take that amount, invest it wisely in the stock market, and leave it alone for 40 years." Not sure how to make that $5 a day? Drobot suggests several kid-friendly ways to earn. What about philanthropy? She offers ways to do this as well. Scattered throughout are tidbits of extra information in colorful sidebars titled "Check it out!" One tells the true story of the piggy bank: "In England, a kind of red clay used to make pots was called ‘pygg.' After several hundred years of people using pygg to keep their coins in, a clever potter decided to make the pot look like its name sounded: a pig." Another "Check it out!" explains: "Americans say something is phony ‘as a two-dollar bill.' Canadians say it's phony ‘as a three-dollar bill.'" The author is a writer, journalist, and broadcaster from Toronto, Canada. Her five previous books include three volumes about currency, and her knowledge of that subject, including well-documented research, is evident within the pages of "Money, Money, Money". At times the amount of information is close to overwhelming, but the lively design and presentation keep the reader lingering on each page. The illustrator has provided dynamic art for several teen books, including the "Girl Zone" series. This new title combines education with entertainment. Parents and teachers will embrace the opportunity to talk to kids about monetary responsibility, and kids will get the message while learning fun money trivia. Copyright 2005 ForeWord Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2005 January
Gr 4-6-A comprehensive guide to money and currency from fact to lore. The layout is visually appealing and the pages are packed with colorful illustrations, full-color photos, and reproductions. Subjects covered include the history of money, banking, and the importance of saving. A timely chapter discusses protecting yourself from identity theft and con artists. The stock market and associated terms are clearly defined and accompanied by examples. Sidebars offer tidbits such as food terms associated with money and what happens to currency when it wears out. Charts illustrate compound interest and list "insane" indicators that investors use to predict the market (e.g., hemlines and lipstick sales). This entertaining and informative book will please both browsers and report writers. A first purchase, and a good companion to Hollis Page Harman's Money Sense for Kids! (Barron's, 2004).-Kathleen A. Nester, Downingtown High Ninth Grade Center, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.