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The Kid's Guide to Money: Earning It, Saving It, Spending It, Growing It, Sharing It (Scholastic Reference) Paperback – April, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 980L (What's this?)
  • Series: Scholastic Reference
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590538535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590538534
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.1 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

In The Kid's Guide to Money: Earning It, Saving It, Spending It, Growing It, Sharing It, author Steve Otfinoski achieves a complicated feat: explaining to kids (ages 9 through 12) the fundamentals of how to thrive in the American economy. Otfinoski uses an easy, informative tone, and focuses on the young entrepreneur who wants to earn money. The author promotes the joys of work, finding a job or building a business, developing advertising, and so on. Later chapters provide explanations of banks, budgets, careful consumerism, taxes, investments, and, finally, charitable donations. Throughout, Otfinoski sprinkles interesting sidebars (called Money Moment and Kid Cents) featuring odd facts about money and quotes from kids. Humorous drawings liven up the chapters, and the appendices include a detailed glossary. Cheers to Otfinoski for making what is often a dry, boring subject a fascinating opportunity for learning and fun. --Ericka Lutz

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-8?A book that clearly explains money in terms that will interest children and encourage them to behave responsibly. After presenting practical moneymaking ideas, Otfinoski covers budgeting and standard consumer advice. Other useful information includes the difference between simple and compound interest; a succinct explanation of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds; and the three golden rules of using a credit card. A chapter on sharing encourages charitable giving of both cash and personal effort. The author avoids fictionalizing; all of his examples are from the "real world." Illustrations are limited to a few black-and-white cartoons and diagrams of deposit slips, newspaper stock reports, etc. Appendixes include lists of consumer protection agencies and volunteer organizations, an explanation of how to read stock tables, and a slightly dated bibliography. Adriane Berg and Arthur Bochner's The Totally Awesome Money Book for Kids (Newmarket, 1993) presents much of the same material in more "hip" language. Dan Fitzgibbon's All about Your Money (Atheneum, 1984; o.p.) gives more general guidelines in a somewhat drier style, with an excellent chapter on "learning to enjoy your money." Elizabeth Wilkinson's Making Cents (Little, 1989) is the best written of all, but concentrates on money-making ideas with a final chapter on money management, business ethics, etc. Oftinoski's friendly, low-key approach compares well to all of these titles.?Jonathan Betz-Zall, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Edmonds, WA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Kimesha Keys on March 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
My name is Kimesha Keys. I am going write a review about this guide. All parents should let their child read this book. It tells you about earning, sharing,spending,saving and growing you money. It tells you jobs you can do. Book account and much more.Many people should buy this book it will help you through life.The author Steve Otfinoski did a lot of thinking for writing this book to help kids from 9-12 with money.This book has 128 pages in it but it is not so hard to read.I am glad my mother brought me this book. Now I am going to succeed in life. You wouldn't have to think to about buying this book. Trust me even though I am a stranger this book is great. I hope this review help you about buying this book. If you don't buy this book you are going miss something very important to know during a young age. Bye!! Bye!! I hope you enjoy reading this review by Kimesha Keys.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sandra L. Stanwick on May 31, 2010
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After my third grader read Gary Paulsen's "Lawn Boy" he started asking me about stocks and investing. I wasn't doing the best job coming up with age appropriate, interesting responses, so I started looking for a book to help. He LOVED this book and has learned a great deal. He watches Market Watch with his Dad in the mornings before school (we are West Coast) and make some very interesting observations. We spent half the day after he finished the book looking at individual stock he thought might be doing well our current economy against the DJIA. He was making some decent picks! This book is a great resource for kids that want to know what all this market talk is about. Too bad is no longer stocked - but don't hesitate to buy from a book dealer! I've bought kids' books and textbooks from at least a half dozen different "stores" and never had an issue.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mom of 3 on April 15, 2011
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My 11 year old son who is very interested in money loved this book. He stayed up many nights reading it and learned so much!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 11, 2014
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this is an absoultly great and wonder time for the young and old it is a good start for children to learn money principles
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12 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 1999
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This book is great!! It has all the ideas and information you need to earn and learn all about money!
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