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Children's LiteratureCategorized as a Level B-Social Studies book, this early reader title describes what money is used for, where it goes, and where it comes from. Large photos and simple text explain how everyone needs money for basic living expenses and to get things they want. The topic of old money is discussed and a startling picture of an old worn-out dollar bill and a picture of a bag of shredded old money show what happens to paper money; coins last longer. Then the making of new money is discussed. The government machines that make money are shown, both for paper money (which is really made of cotton and linen) and for coins. The new money goes to the bank and finally to the reader. Photos at the mint include: a pile of blank metal circles, a worker checking them once they are stamped with words and pictures, and the big bags that carry the coins to the bank. The book's cover photo shows foreign coins, but the text only discusses U.S. coins. A glossary/index completes the book. Children may be inspired to visit the mint or find out more about it. They may also want to know where exactly the paper money is made. 2004, Yellow Umbrella Books/Capstone Press, Ages 5 to 8.
—Carol Raker Collins, Ph.D.