Money, Money, Money: The Meaning of the Art and Symbols on United States Paper Currency

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United States paper money has been called by a lot of different names over the years, and that's only a small part of its fascinating history. Do you know which three bills are the only ones with pictures of men who have not been president? Or what practically foolproof methods have been invented to thwart counterfeiters? Or how many $100,000 bills are actually in circulation? Answers to all these questions, along with funny and informative facts about the many people and objects whose pictures appear on our paper money, can be found in this entertaining and educational look at what is really in our wallets!

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Nancy Winslow Parker is the author and illustrator of numerous books for children, including Locks, Crocs, and Skeeters; Bugs, written by Joan Wright Richards; and Money, Money, Money. She lives in New York City and Mantoloking, New Jersey.



Nancy Winslow Parker is the author and illustrator of numerous books for children, including Locks, Crocs, and Skeeters; Bugs, written by Joan Wright Richards; and Money, Money, Money. She lives in New York City and Mantoloking, New Jersey.

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Grade 3-5?Parker concentrates on paper money in its present form, giving brief but sprightly accounts of the people, buildings, and other symbols portrayed on U.S. currency, as well as descriptions of the U.S. Treasury, the Federal Reserve System, and counterfeiting. The biographies are not hagiographic?the portrait of Jackson mentions his persecution of the Cherokees, and the sketch of Grant labels his administration "...one of the most corrupt and scandal-ridden in United States history." Each vignette includes an artful mix of useful and trivial facts that will appeal to the intended audience, as will the full-color cartoonlike illustrations. The diagram showing the various parts of a Federal Reserve note is particularly clear and helpful. In comparison, Betsy Maestro's The Story of Money (Clarion, 1993) and Joe Cribb's Money (Knopf, 1990) depict currency from a variety of countries and provide much more material on its development and use. Those titles have more informative illustrations, featuring a wider variety of people. For facts on money in general, Maestro's book will better serve the same age group, while Cribb's, part of the "Eyewitness" series, is for an older audience. But neither title equals Parker's depth of information about the symbols on modern U.S. currency.?Jonathan Betz-Zall, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Edmonds, WA
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