Sunday, November 6, 2011

Three Cups - A book review

We've been discussing finances with the girls lately because they are having a hard time being hoarders and being greedy. I think that covers most kids in a America now a days. My kids are the Veruca Salt type of children with the temper-tantrums. They do have wish lists a mile long and have a problem letting go of anything in order to make room for the new wants.

I thought this would be the perfect book for my kids to get the basic understanding of how to best use their finances. Here's what the publishers share about the book:

Teaching children how to save, spend, and be charitable can be as simple as 1, 2, 3.
All parents want to teach their children good money habits from an early age. Many start by giving them an allowance. But it’s equally important to teach children a positive, generous attitude as they learn to use money responsibly.
Filled with warm, memorable illustrations by award-winning painter, April Willy, Three Cups is the story of one family’s unique and effective method of teaching personal financial management—and how one boy reaped first the small, then the immeasurably great rewards of the lessons he learned.
Families will be delighted with the heart-warming tale and want to integrate the three-cup system in their own children’s lives.
I read through it and enjoyed the simple story and how they shared the philosophy. I asked my 7-year-old to read it and her super-reader friend. My reader wasn't so thrilled with the story. She understood it but it didn't inspire her. She is my biggest hoarder. Her friend, on the other hand, devoured the book and loved the idea of the cups and how the boy ended up passing them on to his son.

I'm not sure that simple cups would work in my house because the girls love exploring their money and then they forget about it and the next sister claims it for her own. They all have saving accounts and a place to put their spending money. We also give them some tithes each week for church.

I was hoping that the book would be a little more inspirational and maybe place a challenge to the families reading the book. Maybe they are leaving that for the parents to fill in.

The girls enjoyed the artwork in the book helping them picture what the story was telling them. It was perfect for this age group of 6-8 year olds depending on how voracious of a reader you have.

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