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10/03/2008 Archived Entry: "Book Review: What is Money?"

What is Money?
Written by: Etan Boritzer
Illustrated by: Jennifer West
Published by Veronica Lane Books
ISBN-10: 0-9762743-3-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-9762743-3-9

Review by Kris

When I was a kid I never really knew where money came from. I always figured that as long as my parents had checks in the checkbook, they had money. Little did I know that my understanding of money was totally wrong. I really wish this book had been around when I was learning how to read. Maybe, while growing up I would have had a healthier relationship with money.

In Etan Boritzer's book What is Money? it presents the basics of money in a straightforward manner to help kids understand that there is more to money than just being a plastic card in your dad's wallet or paper bills in your mom's purse. Not only does he explain about how money may have gotten started, but also explains how work is equal to money. One important point that Boritzer brings up is philanthropy. How cool is that! He also talks about how money is important for some things but you don't have to have lots of money to be happy. Try and tell that to those Wall Street Executives that we taxpayers are bailing out.

Not only do we see the importance of having and earning money but we are also shown how important it is to be responsible. Boritzer also presents the facts on borrowing funds and dealing with loans. That is something that isn't brought up in children's books. I think that our Wall Street Executives really need to read this book. I'm thinking they would have learned some very important lessons. One thing that sets this book apart is the illustrations. I noticed that there was great diversity represented. Often times in books and on television you don't see much racial diversity, but all sexes and races are included.

This is a great book to read to your kids if you have children that aren't quite old enough to read. It's written in a very clear way. Reading this with your kids is a great opportunity to talk to them about money issues. If more parents read this with or to your kids and open a dialogue on how to be responsible with money we have a bright and wealthy future ahead of us.

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