What Is Money?

What Is Money?

by Mary Firestone
     
 

Explains why money is used, and talks about the different currencies found in the world. Also explains how paper money and coins are made in the United States.

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Explains why money is used, and talks about the different currencies found in the world. Also explains how paper money and coins are made in the United States.

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Children's Literature
This is one of four titles in Capstone's "First Facts" series on money; the other three are Earning Money, Saving Money, and Spending Money. Here a simple text for early-elementary readers explains the role of money as a development from a barter system: "People use money to buy things. Buying is like trading. People trade their time and skills for money. Then they trade money for things." Other topics briefly treated are different currencies around the world, currency exchanges, and how bills and coins are made. For the most part, the text and accompanying photographs are clear and straightforward, with the exception of an extremely puzzling display of exchange rates of different currencies, which would be opaque even to most adult readers. It is satisfying to have a small story built into the text, which begins with Lucy making a lunchtime trade with a classmate and ends with Lucy buying flowers for her mother's birthday. The book includes a "hands on" activity that teaches children how to make change, but it would be more fun to show children how to play "store" with real items (if they don't already know) instead of simply toting up prices written down on little slips of paper. This book includes a glossary, bibliography for future reading, guide to Internet sites, and index. 2005, Capstone, Ages 5 to 8.
—Claudia Mills

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736826426
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Series:
Learning about Money Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
8.13(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
590L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Long:

Mary Firestone has written more than thirty children’s books. Her books have been recommended by the National Science Teacher Association, and she has received a Best Writing in the Arts award from the Minneapolis Neighborhood Press Association. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and is currently acquiring her teaching license in Language Arts.

Mary currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her son Adam and their cat Rigley. Their home is near the Mississippi River park system where they spend time outdoors riding bikes and soaking up the wonders of local wildlife.

Short:

Mary Firestone has written more than 30 children’s books. Her books have been recommended by the National Science Teacher Association, and she has received a Best Writing in the Arts award from the Minneapolis Neighborhood Press Association. Mary and her son, Adam, love riding their bikes near their St. Paul, Minnesota, home. Their cat, Rigley, waves from the window.

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