Jul 4, 2017

It Doesn't Grow on Trees - Jon Bryant & Christopher Needler

Published in 2016 and written by English authors Jon Bryant & Christopher Needler.

Have you ever wondered how people used to trade their goods in the past when there was no money to do so? What kind of currency did they have 2,650 years ago?

If you're between 7 and 12 (or rather a parent of one) you might be interested in having a peek from the past on this matter and getting to know some useful tips to manage your money wisely. This book will expose in easy terms how to make the best of your allowance from a young age, thus acquiring better benefits when you grow older.

In this compendium you will find some background about money that shows how humanity went from exchanging heavy coins to plastic cards and virtual transactions. It also presents a clear description of how the whole thing started through numerous images and links to Youtube videos that offer farther explanations on the topic.

My rate:

Even though this work aims at the younger part of the audience it will catch the attention of grown-ups too. We surely know how bank transactions work today (at least a number of them), but most likely adults did not have any education or training on how to invest their money sensibly when they were kids.

Considering money plays an imperative role in most circumstances in human life I think a careful preparation on this issue is a must for everybody and this book establishes the basis for that precise purpose. Unfortunately, most parents disregard this important aspect in their children's learning process and we all grow up with such lack of formation. Everyone can think back when they were young and realize how much cash they wasted on trivial things simply for not knowing how to prioritize, manage their money purposely and multiply it; rather than just spend it until one completely runs out of it and has to patiently wait for the next allowance to come.

I find the content of this work really instructive and entertaining, keeping in mind schools don't provide this kind of instruction in any of their subjects it constitutes a very useful tool for parents when it comes to guide their children financially. This text is so complete that it offers as well a great range of links to other sites that specialize on the field and Youtube videos to complement the experience.

Additionally, the book introduces supplementary sections that comes along with every chapter such as ACTION and IT'S A FACT. In the first the reader is encouraged through questions to reflect upon the subject and go further in the text and find the answers. In the latter a true evidence is displayed for the reader to check out and confirm it by themselves.

Summarizing, this is a short and complete manual to educate your children on money matters in an easy, gradual and amusing way for both parents and children, stating clear bases for currency management.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your amazing review. as a matter fact, using the right resources and teaching tools, money can be an exciting topic even for kids.
    Given how important financial skills are to navigating life, it’s surprising that our schools don’t teach children about money.
    As a parent, however, you can teach your child important financial lessons — and you should.