Money Madnessby David A. Adler
What's all this madness about money? Long ago, people traded rocks or sheep for the items they wanted, but rocks were heavy and sheep ran away. This beginning guide to economics will have readers thinking about the purpose, and not just the value, of money.
Adler begins by asking young readers to imagine a world without money and the complications that would ensue. He then traces the history of our current monetary system, explaining early systems of bartering and the use of such things as rocks and feathers. Adler explains how the value of money fluctuates as prices go up and down and concludes with a discussion of digital money. One statement causes concern; the author states that "Checks and credit cards are money too, because they can be used to buy things." Regarding a credit card as money is irresponsible, and the two should not be equated. Miller's computer-generated illustrations are vibrantly colored if rather flat, but they do help to clarify and support some of the concepts and add some humor to the topic. The book will be useful as a starting point for units on money, but is otherwise an additional purchase.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
"Useful as a starting point for units on money."
Meet the Author
David A. Adler is the celebrated author whose work has received the Sydney Taylor Book Award and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor, Golden Kite Award Honor, and Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book citiations. He lives in the New York City metropolitan area.
Edward Miller III is the author, illustrator, and designer of many nonfiction books, including The Tooth Book: A Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gum and The Monster Health Book, a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year that School Library Journal called "lively" and "visually appealing." Visit his website at www.edmiller.com.
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