Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Karen Latchana Kenney
Illustrator: Steven Stankiewiez
Publisher: Lerner Publications Company
Have you ever wondered why you can give someone special paper in exchange for a house or TV? The value of money is just one of the many economic topics explained in this book. You'll learn about what makes our economy different from North Korea's, how money in different countries has different values and changes over time, and how the job markets has changed from mainly agricultural to more service-based industries.
This is a great introduction for kids to start thinking critically about jobs, money, and how things are made. The text and many of the examples are geared toward a young audience by using prices for toys or fast food items in examples. Children should easily be able to understand all of the ideas expressed in this book as there aren't any particularly hard points. The graphics are clear and follow a logical progression both individually and throughout the book, starting with trading and the value of goods to the value of money to how it changes value.