The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn a Living

The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn a Living

by Karl Beckstrand

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(Careers, financial literacy) “Masterful. … An immensely appealing book because of its readable style … and its realistic but soft Asian-style illustrations.” – Crystie Cook, poet. Selected by the State of Vermont for primary school career/small business curriculum. “What are you looking at,” asked the boy. “Trouble and treasure,” said the old woman. A child with a knack for solving problems helps some hungry fish and finds a treasure. Illustrated folk tale teaches how to spot opportunities to help others and make money; comes with ideas for businesses; job ideas, money-making activities; and online resources on finding customers, managing money, career success, and moving up in an organization. Young children will be captivated by the story; older ones will want to apply the things they learn (for kids ages 4 and up). Teach someone to fish; this how-to picture book on the value of work bridges the gap between what kids learn in school about jobs, business, finance, economics—and what they should know (how to help people solve problems). 530 English words in dyslexic-friendly font by former Silicon Valley recruiter and award-winning author Karl Beckstrand (Mini-mysteries for Minors [multicultural/bilingual series]), illustrations by Yaniv Cahoua and Karl Beckstrand.
26-page hard cover, soft cover, and ebook (entrepreneurship textbook on money and saving with Chinese boy, red panda). Premio Publishing & Gozo Books (Free online career/money resources:, worldwide rights © July 2017) Target, Baker & Taylor, Follett, Ingram, LCCN: 2016949820, JUV009090, JUV006000, JUV012060, JUV039220, JUV030020, JUV063000, BUS025000, BUS012010, BUS060000, BUS019000, BUS075000, BUS048000, BUS029000, eISBN: 978-1370287222, paper ISBN: 978-1536889864, hard cover ISBN: 978-0985398811; “5 stars. A clever storyteller. … Colorfully illustrated … ideas [on] how to build one’s own treasure. … A very educational resource.” - Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Product Details

BN ID: 2940154143117
Publisher: Karl Beckstrand
Publication date: 04/25/2017
Series: Careers for Kids
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 5 - 11 Years

About the Author

Compulsive smiler Karl Beckstrand is the award-winning and bestselling author/illustrator of 23 multicultural titles and more than 80 e-books (reviews by Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, The Horn Book’s blog, School Library Journal, ForeWord Reviews). Beckstrand earned a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a certificate from Film A. Academy. Formerly a technical recruiter in Silicon Valley, Beckstrand’s early work was produced by small publishers (his first publisher died the day they were to print his book!). Since 2004 he has guided Premio Publishing & Gozo Books. An engaging presenter and workshop facilitator, Beckstrand has experience in high tech, marketing & design, public policy, film & broadcasting. He teaches media at a state college—including TV/radio/film scripts and Web content—and contrasts traditional publishing with digital book publishing. Beckstrand volunteers to teach English to immigrants from around the world. His Y.A. fiction, short stories, kids’ e-book mysteries, nonfiction/biographies, Spanish & bilingual books (with ESL/ELL pronunciation guides), and wordless books feature characters of color and usually end with a twist. He has lived abroad, been a Spanish/English interpreter, and speaks on diversity. He enjoys volleyball and kayaking (usually not at the same time). Beckstrand has presented for SUECON (education conference), Taiwan’s Global Leadership for Youth, California's Capital Book Festival, Utah Educational Library Media Association, Called to Learn conference, Salt Lake City Book Festival, PCI Webinars, Utah Humanities Council, Profnet, Murray City Writer’s Workshop, Utah Housing Coalition, LUW, Midvale City Reading Program, Utah Office of Education, professional groups, and schools. His work has appeared in: Amazon, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Border’s, Costco, Deseret Book, Follett, iBooks, Ingram, Kobo, LDS Film Festival, Papercrafts Magazine,, The Children’s Miracle Network, The Congressional Record of the U.S. House of Representatives,, various broadcasts, and Find: “Karl Beckstrand” on FB, Twitter,, and AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW, SPEAKING, & CONSULTATION: Speaker topics: "Getting Your Book to the World - Traditional vs. Digital publishing" "Entrepreneurship: Bless Lives, Make Money with Your Gifts" "Artistic Education - How the Humanities Enrich Us" "Writing Scripts for Shows, Film, Ads & the Web" "Writing for Media: News Stories & Press Releases that Get Attention" "How Diversity Enriches Everyone" "Making Habit Work for You - Replace the Bad with Milestones"

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The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn a Living 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will make you want a business.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Over all it was OK, but didn't realize it was child's book and too simple for me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Young and old can profit from these ideas. Simply written for children but readily available ideas for anyone. ??
Marichus-Real More than 1 year ago
The book reminds me of the legends I read when I was a little kid. Legends always with a message to learn. Be hard-worker and you’ll receive a reward. That’s what happens to the boy in this story. At the end of the story, there are some pieces of advice which were very difficult to read because the size of the letters was very small. They are very good to encourage children to do some works. However, I think there is a big gap between the age of the children reading the book and the age of the children doing those kinds of works. Although the pictures are very nice, one thing I don’t understand is why is there a raccoon in nearly every page of the book? I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book.
Amys_Bookshelf_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Business and Children It's an interesting children's story as it opens the door for teaching about business, but in a child format. It shows that children can learn early that they can grow up and do whatever they want with their life, that they have options. It has wonderful graphics and is a very inviting story. Children will love the story, and learn a lot as well.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite In this fast-paced world of trinkets and high tech toys, it is so easy to get caught up with the newest and latest toy, discarding the old toys with random abandon. There is a growing need to take a step back and visualize what’s really important in life and how to create useful objects out of nothing. For one little boy, his ability to make ingenious and useful objects out of discarded things defined him as being very resourceful. In fact, it became a way in which he could earn a little bit of money and enjoy himself as well. A chance encounter with an old woman sitting by a stream turns into a very lucrative enterprise. When the boy asks the old woman what she is looking at, she simply says, “Trouble and treasure.” The boy asks for an explanation and she tells him that the scattering of branches in the stream is causing a blockage that the fish can’t swim past. And the treasure? That’s what the boy will discover when he bundles up the branches and allows the fish to swim past freely. And it’s not what you would think. Karl Beckstrand’s picture book story, The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn a Living, is exactly what its title suggests: a parable. There was once a time when we would sit at the knees of elders and listen to stories and parables. We would learn from these parable because there was always a hidden message buried within the story lines. The tale unfolds like a story being shared by a clever storyteller. It is colorfully illustrated to help move the events along. At the end of the book, once the treasure is revealed, the author allows the reader to peruse some further ideas of how to build one’s own treasure and make a little bit of money. A very educational resource and a good story as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very fun book to read for adults and kids. The author Karl Beckstrand has an amazing way to delight readers of all ages.
NNLight More than 1 year ago
A boy is walking through the forest and spots an old woman sitting near the river. She looks perplexed and so the helpful boy offers his assistance. A folk tale teaching young and old the value of helping others, spotting an opportunity and making money. The only word that comes to mind after reading this is brilliant! Beckstrand weaves a fable rich with subtext yet delightful for the youngest reader. The illustrations are gorgeous watercolor paintings with an Asian flair. The words, while simple to read (thanks to dyslexic-friendly font), convey themes of kindness, adventure, trying something new, helping others, making money and spotting opportunities. It reminded me of Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel. Geared for readers five and up, adults will enjoy reading this business fable. I highly recommend this diverse book and can’t wait to read more from this prolific author. My Rating: 5 stars