Neale S Godfreys Ultimate Kids Money Book

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9780689817175: Neale S Godfreys Ultimate Kids Money Book

Money-- you know all about it. Or do you? Is credit always a good idea? How risky are various investments? Do you know where stones that are twelve feet across and weigh more than 500 pounds are used as money? How do banks keep track of everyone's money? In this comprehensive guide, renowned financial expert Neale S. Godfrey reveals everything you need to know about money, including how to earn it, save it, spend it, and share it. In an engaging text, filled with energetic illustrations, photographs, charts, and diagrams, she provides a history of money, as well as a look at currency throughout the world. She also explains such topics as credit, checks, and electronic banking-- and relates them all to a young reader's world. From a piggy bank to the Federal Reserve Bank, Neale S. Godfrey makes you think about money in a whole new way.

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A cheerful approach to all things financial plus playful photo collages and colorful drawings make up this fact-filled compendium of everything kids could possibly need to know about money--and more. Neale S. Godfrey, a nationally recognized expert on kids and money, and illustrator Randy Verougstraete tell the story of money--from bartering to investing--with animated appeal. Each subject receives careful and lively attention: the history of money; earning, saving, and spending money; banking facts and bank account information; credit card explanations and warnings ("It's In-credit-ible!"); information about America's economic structure and the government's economic role; taxes; the laws of supply and demand; inflation and depression; and stocks and bonds. Fun financial trivia is interspersed throughout, and word problems and matching games complete each of the nine chapters.

Godfrey does a fine job of covering complicated concepts, successfully tying her explanations with kids' everyday experiences (for example, creating a business plan for a dog-walking service). Kids will enjoy learning about finances with this easy-to-digest format, and grown-ups may be surprised to learn a thing or two as well. This book is about as far from dull gray, boring, banking as it gets. (Ages 8 to 12) --Ericka Lutz

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Neale S. Godfrey is a nationally recognized expert on children's and family finances. She wrote The Ultimate Kids' Money Book because she believes that financial savvy is critical for every parent and child in today's world. The chairman of the Children's Financial Network and the former president of The First Women's Bank, she is a syndicated columnist on kids and money for the Associated Press and is the national spokesperson for Microsoft Money '98. She is a regular quest on Oprah, Good Morning America, Today, and CNBC. She is the author of the best-selling books Money Doesn't Grow on Trees and A Penny Saved. Neale S. Godfrey has been honored as the Child Advocate of the Year by the Boy Scouts of America, and she serves on the board of directors of UNICEF. She lives in Chester, New Jersey.

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