Money, Money, Money: The Meaning of the Art and Symbols on United States Paper Currency

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"There's a short course in American history in your wallet, and Parker brings it to life by explaining what's on the front and back of U.S. paper currency, from $1 to $100,000. Parker provides original art on almost every page, along with a tiny photo reproduction of the currency under discussion. Interesting facts about familiar individuals (Washington, Lincoln) as well as lesser-known ones (Salmon P. Chase, Woodrow Wilson) abound, and costumes, culture [including counterfeiters], and architecture all become Parker's subjects...This is an
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Overview

"There's a short course in American history in your wallet, and Parker brings it to life by explaining what's on the front and back of U.S. paper currency, from $1 to $100,000. Parker provides original art on almost every page, along with a tiny photo reproduction of the currency under discussion. Interesting facts about familiar individuals (Washington, Lincoln) as well as lesser-known ones (Salmon P. Chase, Woodrow Wilson) abound, and costumes, culture [including counterfeiters], and architecture all become Parker's subjects...This is an expansive review that will be great for history classes as well as useful in math and art."'BL.

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Author Biography:

Nancy Winslow Parker is the author and illustrator of numerous award-winning books for children, including Locks, Crocs, And Skeeters; Bugs; and Money, Money, Money. She lives in New York City and Mantoloking, New Jersey.

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Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Nancy Winslow Parker provides a first-class close-up on "the meaning of the art and symbols on United States paper currency" in Money, Money, Money. With the distinctive art and prose that makes her nonfiction illuminating to readers young and old, the author/artist profiles the people on the front and the buildings on the back of bills, and more. As Ms. Parker notes in her introduction, "If you don't have one each of the $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $1000, $5000, $10,000 and $100,000 bills in your wallet, this book is the next best thing." It certainly is.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5Parker concentrates on paper money in its present form, giving brief but sprightly accounts of the people, buildings, and other symbols portrayed on U.S. currency, as well as descriptions of the U.S. Treasury, the Federal Reserve System, and counterfeiting. The biographies are not hagiographicthe portrait of Jackson mentions his persecution of the Cherokees, and the sketch of Grant labels his administration ``...one of the most corrupt and scandal-ridden in United States history.'' Each vignette includes an artful mix of useful and trivial facts that will appeal to the intended audience, as will the full-color cartoonlike illustrations. The diagram showing the various parts of a Federal Reserve note is particularly clear and helpful. In comparison, Betsy Maestro's The Story of Money Clarion, 1993 and Joe Cribb's Money Knopf, 1990 depict currency from a variety of countries and provide much more material on its development and use. Those titles have more informative illustrations, featuring a wider variety of people. For facts on money in general, Maestro's book will better serve the same age group, while Cribb's, part of the ``Eyewitness'' series, is for an older audience. But neither title equals Parker's depth of information about the symbols on modern U.S. currency.Jonathan Betz-Zall, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Edmonds, WA
Mary Harris Veeder
There's a short course in American history in your wallet, and Parker brings it to life by explaining what's on the front and the back of U.S. paper currency, from $1 to $100,000. Parker provides original art on almost every page, along with a tiny photo reproduction of the currency under discussion. She greatly simplifies the facial features of the various presidents pictured but leaves their hair quite distinctive. Interesting facts about familiar individuals Washington, Lincoln as well as lesser-known ones Salmon P. Chase abound, and costumes, culture, and architecture all become Parker's subjects. She also seems well attuned to curious classroom questioners, as she includes, for instance, a section on counterfeiters. Not as narrow in focus as the title implies, this is an expansive review that will be great for history classes as well as useful to math and art students.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060234119
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Winslow Parker is the author and illustrator of numerous books for children, including Locks, Crocs, and Skeeters; Bugs, written by Joan Wright Richards; and Money, Money, Money. She lives in New York City and Mantoloking, New Jersey.

Nancy Winslow Parker is the author and illustrator of numerous books for children, including Locks, Crocs, and Skeeters; Bugs, written by Joan Wright Richards; and Money, Money, Money. She lives in New York City and Mantoloking, New Jersey.

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