Thursday, October 27, 2011

Children's Book Review: Three Cups

Reviewed by Hannah

Three Cups by Tony Townsley with Mark St. Germain
gives children
basic principles for handling money as they follow the first-person narrative of a little boy learning to manage his money. His parents give him three cups for his birthday to keep track of spending, saving, and giving money. As he grows, the cups lead to opportunity costs, savings accounts, and food drives.

I can see this book being useful for introducing money management principles to your children. A short parents’ guide in the back of the book gives ideas for putting the cups system into practice.

Some kids will find the story a little boring. It’s more informational than narrative at times, like the explanation of savings accounts. The illustrations almost make up for the lack of action with their gorgeous colors, vintage look, and almost Norman Rockwell-esque people.

Parents can use this book as a springboard for teaching about money, while children can enjoy the illustrations and the simple story.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Booksneeze book review program. I was not obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are mine.

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