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Money, Money, Money: The Meaning of the Art and Symbols on United States Paper Currency Hardcover – May 18, 1995


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Grade 3-5?Parker concentrates on paper money in its present form, giving brief but sprightly accounts of the people, buildings, and other symbols portrayed on U.S. currency, as well as descriptions of the U.S. Treasury, the Federal Reserve System, and counterfeiting. The biographies are not hagiographic?the portrait of Jackson mentions his persecution of the Cherokees, and the sketch of Grant labels his administration "...one of the most corrupt and scandal-ridden in United States history." Each vignette includes an artful mix of useful and trivial facts that will appeal to the intended audience, as will the full-color cartoonlike illustrations. The diagram showing the various parts of a Federal Reserve note is particularly clear and helpful. In comparison, Betsy Maestro's The Story of Money (Clarion, 1993) and Joe Cribb's Money (Knopf, 1990) depict currency from a variety of countries and provide much more material on its development and use. Those titles have more informative illustrations, featuring a wider variety of people. For facts on money in general, Maestro's book will better serve the same age group, while Cribb's, part of the "Eyewitness" series, is for an older audience. But neither title equals Parker's depth of information about the symbols on modern U.S. currency.?Jonathan Betz-Zall, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Edmonds, WA
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Gr. 3^-6. There's a short course in American history in your wallet, and Parker brings it to life by explaining what's on the front and the back of U.S. paper currency, from $1 to $100,000. Parker provides original art on almost every page, along with a tiny photo reproduction of the currency under discussion. She greatly simplifies the facial features of the various presidents pictured but leaves their hair quite distinctive. Interesting facts about familiar individuals (Washington, Lincoln) as well as lesser-known ones (Salmon P. Chase) abound, and costumes, culture, and architecture all become Parker's subjects. She also seems well attuned to curious classroom questioners, as she includes, for instance, a section on counterfeiters. Not as narrow in focus as the title implies, this is an expansive review that will be great for history classes as well as useful to math and art students. Mary Harris Veeder
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 7
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (May 18, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060234113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060234119
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.3 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,313,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ezra_NYC on June 21, 2001
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Want a simple book to help teach your kids abotu money? This is it. Features tidbits of history, colorful drawings and, of course, basic money topics. Kids and adults aliek will enjoy this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Malnar on January 4, 2006
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cuz had I read it and not just thrown the book in the cart at the sight of 5 stars, I would have KNOWN it was for kids. Rather disappointing for me, not having expected a kiddie book :(. But I mean KIDDIE. Will be more careful about my purchases in the future. Wouldnt know what to DO with this book if I didnt have a 3yr old son, who will be old enough for this book in a few years.
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By Serenity on October 19, 2012
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I bought this book to teach my kids some basics about our currency. I like that the book has plenty of historical information for my younger children to learn a few things while at the same time it is short & simple enough not to overwhelm them (we read this book with our 1st & 4th graders last year). It wasn't hard to hold their interest; they are fascinated with money as most kids are once they get an allowance & can buy things on their own. :)

Many of the pages discuss former presidents and other famous men pictured on various denominations and provide bits of facts about each, eg that the $100 bill is the largest one circulated in the general public, that the $100,000 bill (carrying Woodrow Wilson's image) is primarily for transactions between Federal Reserve banks, etc.

There is a section about Counterfeiters at the back which I think could have been a bit more extensive, even for children.

The book has a couple paragraphs at the very end about the Federal Reserve which also could have had more info (considering the enormous impact the Fed has on the American economy), but at least it was mentioned even briefly.
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