The Story of Money

The Story of Money

by Betsy Maestro, Giulio Maestro

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A history of money, beginning with the barter system in prehistoric times, to the first use of coins and paper money, to the development of the modern monetary system.See more details below


A history of money, beginning with the barter system in prehistoric times, to the first use of coins and paper money, to the development of the modern monetary system.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This prolific team tackles the advent of legal tender and a mini-history of economics in their latest picture book. The concept of barter is introduced and then shown evolving into the modern practice of trading money for goods and services. Currency's physical development is also chronicled, from Native American wampum to Spanish ``pieces of eight'' to various European precious metal coins and printed paper bills. Although the text contains a vast array of factoids, their presentation lacks style and excitement. The dry, straightforward sentence structure fails to illuminate this topic's potentially engrossing aspects. Giulio Maestro's detailed, historically accurate illustrations, rendered in muted pencil, watercolor and crayon, prove serviceable without adding much spark. This volume will be useful in classrooms and libraries for its noteworthy effort to place a concept within historical contexts. Ages 7-10. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Betsy and Giulio Maestro's The Story of Money lucidly traces money's evolution from early civilizations' person-to-person barters to our increasingly cashless society's machine-to-machine transfers. Ms. Maestro's flowing narrative is followed by five pages of additional information about coins and currency and all are enhanced by Mr. Maestro's colorful illustrations. 1995 (orig.
Stephanie Zvirin
The ancient Sumerians invented the idea of making money from precious metal; Ethiopians accepted salt as money; and Yap islanders used round stones, some as large as 12 feet across. These are but a few of the intriguing facts in this nicely orchestrated balance of art and information. Clear, direct text outlines global economic development, zeroing in briefly on the evolution of America's monetary system. Sweeping double-page spreads and smaller paintings add a sense of story to the facts, and there are plenty of finely detailed pictures of money to inspect--a Spanish piece of eight, an English 10-pound note, a Chinese coin with a square hole in its center. The book's final roundup of curious facts will be fun to browse. As it has good potential for classroom use, this is well worth attention.
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"A windfall for whole-language classrooms and for nonfiction pleasure readers." School Library Journal, Starred

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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3 MB
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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