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A Kid's Guide to Earning Money (Robbie Readers) Library Binding – May 15, 2008

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Grade 4-6Striving to provide practical suggestions on managing money, each book begins and ends with a fictional account in which students embark on a relevant unit. Between that unfortunate framing are practical, well-written descriptions. Orr keeps in mind childrens interests and limitations, stressing, for example, parental involvement where important, such as in setting up bank accounts and getting jobs. Earning Money and Coins should generate the most demand. The former is realistic about the trade-offs involved in a child working and offers alternatives to true jobs (raking leaves, running errands), while the second includes a concise history of money in its introduction to collecting coins and currency. For readers with long term interests, the rest of the series will be useful. Savings explores banking and clearly explains compound interest; Stock Market describes in basic terms how the markets work and suggests activities to learn more before investing; and Budgeting demonstrates how planning can lead to significant financial gains. Stock photos feature multigenerational and diverse subjects and illustrate related locations and historical figures, while graphs and sidebars enhance the texts. Well-documented and informative introductions.–By Jeffrey A. French, formerly at Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, Willowick, OH
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For grade-schoolers who want to start earning some cash, this chatty, interactive guide offers practical suggestions for finding jobs, from babysitting and dogwalking to delivering newspapers. Part of the Money Matters: A Kid’s Guide to Money series, the book begins with a fictionalized fifth-grade class making plans to earn money for a museum trip. Beyond that scenario, readers will appreciate the practical suggestions about working, including making a chart of available free time and weighing benefits beyond simply making money (such as meeting new people and trying out future job possibilities). Also included is useful advice on setting price points, how to cut costs, and what the labor laws allow for kids under 18, as well as a frank view of the negatives associated with the working world. Throughout, cheerful words and color photos show comfortable families interacting together, and stress is laid on the importance of getting parental permission before setting out on the trail to riches. Grades 3-6. --Hazel Rochman

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Robbie Readers
  • Library Binding: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Lane Publishers (May 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584156430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584156437
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,255,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Library Binding
Mr. Franks' fifth-grade class needed some money to raise some money to go to the new science museum. Everyone was excited, but fifth graders are not old enough to get jobs, so everyone had to do a bit of brainstorming (and a bit of math to figure out how much money they would need.) Each ten-dollar increment would be represented on a chart by Astrid, a fictitious girl who would climb a mountain. Selling a sister or brother to earn money might be appealing, but chances are your classmates wouldn't want them aside from the fact that would be illegal!

Unless you are a very talented and precocious entrepreneur you are going to have to get a little guidance or read about the ins and outs of getting a job. In this book you'll learn about time management, the types of jobs you could do for "friends, relatives and neighbors," the negative aspects of working, how to figure out which type of work suits you, becoming your own boss, a business plan, budgeting, recording your profit and loss and legal issues. Believe it or not, there are many jobs that the law prohibits young people from performing.

This book is very comprehensive and covers all the bases you and your child or student will need to know if they are considering working. It does not specifically outline jobs. For example, it does not tell someone how to set up a pet sitting business or lemonade stand. This is, as indicated, a guide to earning money. This would be an excellent choice for the homeschool or classroom teacher as a guideline to talk to 'tweens and teens about working. There are additional recommended books and websites listed in the back. There are so many considerations to think about before you get that first job!
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Format: Library Binding
Just about every state has content standards beginning in kindergarten covering important concepts in economics. These content requirements, together with the media attention paid to the importance of financial literacy, have led to a greater need for books that will help children to become more informed about the economic world around them. The new book series Money Matters: A Kid's Guide to Money helps to fill a niche in this literature.

One of the books in the series, A Kid's Guide to Earning Money, builds on children's understanding that their families do not have a limitless amount of money and that it must be earned. Motivated by the example of a class that needs to raise funds for a fieldtrip, this book explains to young learners how they can generate some cash. A number of moneymaking suggestions are offered, including pet-sitting, running a carwash, and mowing people's lawns.

For those old enough to be legally employed, the author offers job-seeking tips and an overview of relevant labor laws covering children. Although some of the book's illustrations are a bit contrived, the reader should walk away with a clearer sense of ways to earn money beyond getting an allowance and doing household chores.
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