Basic techniques that children need in order to become educated consumers. As Education Specialist for the Nassau County (N.Y.) Office of Consumer Affairs, Schmitt is an experienced consumer advocate; her most thorough, well-presented chapter here is on writing effective letters of complaint. She also provides adequate basic information on evaluating ads, budgeting, and ordering by mail. Unfortunately, the chapters on product safety and nutrition are less complete and informative; the case-study format makes for quick reading but also leads to oversimplification. Since American children are often given money to spend long before they learn to count it, training in purchasing and budgeting skills is desirable for them when they are as young as possible. Penny Power magazine is a first choice for children's consumer education; this will be useful as an additional purchase.