Godfrey goes from the bartering of pelts to credit-card debt, from piggybanks to the Federal Reserve, from lemonade stands...

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NEALE S. GODFREY'S ULTIMATE KIDS' MONEY BOOK

Godfrey goes from the bartering of pelts to credit-card debt, from piggybanks to the Federal Reserve, from lemonade stands to the global economy, and from allowances to junk bonds in chatty, exhaustive coverage of all things financial. It's hard to find a topic she doesn't touch upon in this extensive survey, which covers different types of credit cards, electronic funds transfer, budgeting, starting a business, investment options, IRAs, taxes, different types of bank accounts, the history of money, foreign exchange rates, the gold standard, traveler's checks, opening a checking account, supply and demand, recession and depression, and more. Illustrated in a combination of full-color cartoons and photographs, full of charts, graphs, boxed insets, and humorous commentary, the text could serve as an introduction for older children or even adults to the complexities of money. Those who are put off by the goofy look of the volume--with a bombardment of typefaces and colors, and a cluttered design that serves to bellow information that could be more quietly served--should be book-talked into the pages of this interesting and very thorough effort; they'll come away enlightened.

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 1998

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 128

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1998