From School Library Journal
Grade 4–6—Colorful, appealing page layouts; a brief, enjoyable text broken up with numerous captions, boxes, and sidebars; and engaging interruptions, such as imitation board games and occasional cartoon stories, combine with current, eminently instructive information to make this book a winner. Four main sections cover the history of money, expenses/income, the basics of economics, and the world of work and business. Brief profiles of eight wealthy entrepreneurs and their paths to prosperity and eight significant economists and their theories are included. The lively writing features real-life examples that will be meaningful to students and is presented in a balanced, nonjudgmental style that encourages them to decide for themselves among the various ideas concerning economic policies. Along the way, readers will learn about credit, stock markets, cash flow, smart purchasing, supply and demand, taxes, fair versus free trade, and up-to-date concerns such as telecommuting, globalization, conservation, and business ethics. Color photos and graphics excel at conveying the concepts presented and represent diversity well. Hall's presentation of this sometimes dull topic is remarkably vibrant. Tamra Orr's "Money Matters" series (Mitchell Lane) covers much the same territory for the same level in a more traditional format; Hall's approach is distinctively eye-catching without sacrificing accuracy.—Jeffrey A. French, formerly at Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, Willowick, OH
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About the Author
Alvin Hall is an internationally known financial educator, bestselling author, and regular contributor to magazines and newspapers. He hosted the award-winning BBC television series, "Your Money or Your Life," in which he offered advice on fixing common financial problems. Hall lives in New York City.