This Level B book in the "Yellow Umbrella Books" series answers three basic questions: Why do we need money? How is money made? What happens to old money when it becomes worn out? Some of the answers may surprise children and adults alike. Most people know that we need money to buy things we need and things we want. Sometimes we save our money, other times we spend it. A single piece of paper money can change hands many times during the course of this spending. After it becomes ragged and torn, large machines shred it and other bills into tiny, tiny pieces. This book even offers a photograph of a government issued, see-though bag filled with $150 worth of paper shreds. Another interesting fact relates to what paper money is actually made of. Surprisingly, it's not paper! In addition to answering questions about the nature and use of money, this book also offers early readers a chance to practice new vocabulary with a combined glossary and an index on the final page. As such, it would make an entertaining choice for individual readers, as well as serve a purpose in any classroom lesson about money and government.