Children's Literature - Meredith KigerOne of five in the "Money Smart" series, this edition discusses the concept of spending and is aimed at upper elementary students. The eight chapters include: The Invention of Money, Why Do People Work?, Beware of Little Expenses, Housing: The Number One Expense, Other Big Ticket Items, How People Pay for Things, Making a Budget and How to Pay Less and Spend Wisely. Using an interesting layout, bold type, boxed items of interest and color photos, the book provides an appropriate and absorbing introduction to spending using an historical as well as contemporary approach. Plenty of new vocabulary plus helpful hints about using money wisely are included. Parents may benefit from the book's discussions as well; as we all seem to need reminding to keep spending under control. There is some repetition across the series which may have been intentional since spenders of all ages seem to have difficulty internalizing the wise use of money. A glossary of new terms, 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 the newly introduced vocabulary been highlighted within the text. Overall, it's a balanced introduction on a subject that could not be more timely. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
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