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EconKids Home New Picture Books in 2009 (First Word A-I) A Kid's Guide to Earning Money / by Tamra Orr

A Kid's Guide to Earning Money / by Tamra Orr

Title: A Kid's Guide to Earning Money
Author: Tamra Orr
Publisher: Mitchell Lane
ISBN: 978-1-58415-643-7
Year: 2009

Concepts: jobs, saving, money

Review: Just about every state has content standards beginning in kindergarten covering important concepts in economics. These content requirements, together with the media attention paid to the importance of financial literacy, have led to a greater need for books that will help children to become more informed about the economic world around them. The new book series Money Matters: A Kid’s Guide to Money helps to fill a niche in this literature.

One of the books in the series, A Kid’s Guide to Earning Money, builds on children’s understanding that their families do not have a limitless amount of money and that it must be earned. Motivated by the example of a class that needs to raise funds for a fieldtrip, this book explains to young learners how they can generate some cash. A number of moneymaking suggestions are offered, including pet-sitting, running a carwash, and mowing people’s lawns.

For those old enough to be legally employed, the author offers job-seeking tips and an overview of relevant labor laws covering children. Although some of the book’s illustrations are a bit contrived, the reader should walk away with a clearer sense of ways to earn money beyond getting an allowance and doing household chores.

Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

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