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by Giulio Maestro,Betsy Maestro

Explore the many forms money has taken around the world and through history, from doubloons of ages past to contemporary credit cards.
Download The Story of Money epub
ISBN: 0688133045
ISBN13: 978-0688133047
Category: Children
Subcategory: Education & Reference
Author: Giulio Maestro,Betsy Maestro
Language: English
Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (April 25, 1995)
Pages: 48 pages
ePUB size: 1347 kb
FB2 size: 1652 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 662
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I read this with my 6 year old. He's very interested in coins and money and he really enjoyed this book. He is probably a bit too young for it - we had to read in in sections because he didn't have the attention span for the whole book at once. Also, I would read it in chunks aloud and after each chunk we would talk about what it meant and take time to look at all the pictures so as to help him really understand it.

BUT the result is that he loved it. He has a really good concept of what money is, how it came about, and all the different forms it can be. And he was very absorbed looking at all the pictures and imagining using money that was bigger than he was.

The only part of the book I wasn't so taken with was the ended. I felt like the electronic money and money of the future portion was kind of phoned in. I'm not so sure it was even necessary. I would have preferred if it had ended with today's common currencies. Or maybe if it had had something valuable to say about paperless money it would have been better. It seemed like a obligatory mention with a few definitions and a "who knows what's coming next" tag line added on for good measure. Meh.

Overall, I give the book 4 out of 5 stars. Most of it was really interesting and the pictures were great. It was told in a way that was logical and understandable and engaging.
The history of money is a huge topic, and this book provides a great overview of the transition from hunting and gathering, to bartering and trade, to different types of currency, to the electronic transactions of today. My kids found the illustrations of ancient coins and paper money really interesting. There are three pages of additional information in the back of the book, including some facts about very unusual money. (I'm not sure why that info wasn't just included in the book; maybe the author felt it would distract from the general story?) I would give this book 5 stars but the text is just a bit dry and repetitive in places. It's independent reading for 2nd grade or above, but younger kids would enjoy hearing it too.
I think an "Excellent" rating is self-explanatory.
First time I borrowed the book from library. After I read it, I wanted to own this book. It's a very good beginning financial sense for kid.
I read this book to my class. The illustrations and storyline are very easy for primary students to comprehend. I would recommend the book to anyone who is trying to explain the history to money to younger children.
I love this text. I think this is a great text to use in the classroom and it gives a great description of the history of how money came to be. It is clear and very readable. I love this book.
Betsy is a thorough researcher who makes information interesting for children AND adults.
My bad - I didn't realize it is like a children's book, thinking it was more serious treatment. Oh well . . .