Children's Literature - Meredith KigerOne of five in the "Money Smart" series, this edition discusses the concept of earning and is aimed at upper elementary students. The eight chapters include: The First Jobs, The invention of Money, Why must People Earn Money?, "Choose a Job You Love", Preparing for the Working World, How Do You Find a Job? , Landing the Job, and Life on a Job. Using an interesting layout, bold type, boxed items of interest and color photos, the book provides an appropriate and absorbing introduction about earning using an historical as well as contemporary approach. The concept of preparing for and earning a living seems obvious to some students and their families but for many students whose families have not properly prepared them for this fact of life, learning as much about it at an early age seems wise. The book provides students with useful information about the complexity of preparing for the world of work, but does not discuss the issue that rapidly changing technology may require additional preparation in the years to come. Parents may benefit from the book's discussions and probably ought to be included in the discussions in the classroom. There is some repetition across the series which may have been intentional since the issues are interrelated. A glossary of new terms, a bibliography, sources for further information and notes about the authors are included at the end of the book. It would have been a plus had newly introduced vocabulary been highlighted within the text, as well. Overall, it's a balanced and appropriate introduction on a subject of great interest to all. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
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Marshall Cavendish's Money Smart series uses color photos, lots of white space and up-to-date facts to teach pre-teens and teens about different uses for money, be that in Borrowing, Earning, Investing, Saving, or Spending (the titles of the five books in the series). This title discusses the first jobs known to man (hunting and gathering), how to choose a job that you don't just like but love, and how to best prepare yourself for the world of work. Text boxes of interesting information have a green background (green, the color of money, get it?) and the glossary includes all the words necessary in what may a child's first book about money. Lists of books and websites with more information will be helpful to today's readers. A solid purchase. Thanks to Puget Sound Council for the review copy.