- File Size: 6529 KB
- Print Length: 39 pages
- Publisher: kids4biz (February 26, 2011)
- Publication Date: February 26, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004PLO97A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,762,363 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Johnny's Gold (Bedtime Stories about Capitalism) Kindle Edition
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But if Johnny Profit was all innocence and good will, Johnny's Gold adds a sinister element: the Wizard of Kimor, who plots to kill Johnny to make sure he stays the most influential figure in the village.
Also, for the first time, young readers really learn about the value of honest trading (or good capitalism) because they have something to compare "honest trading" with that of "dishonest or evil trading" in the character of the Wizard of Kimor--this juxtaposition or stark comparison of the difference between the two types of exchange make the lesson much more effective and powerful.
Moreover, thanks to the Wizard's character, there are also the elements of drama and suspense, which will make young readers care more about what they read and, consequently, to better retain what they learn from the story.
Overall, if Johnny Profit was some sort of a "primer" on the virtues of honest trade, then Johnny's Gold is author Michael Malgeri's deeper, bolder attempt at driving home these important lessons. The author-illustrator team of Michael Malgeri and Michael Schultz make another great home-run. As in the first book, Michael Schultz beautiful illustrations make the story more exciting for the children. The colorful images help a lot in enabling kids visualize how the story takes place.
Also, the Johnny Profit series of books really come in handy especially when you have precocious children who always love asking questions--I'm betting they would be asking so many questions as you read them this book, which is great because finally you have a fruitful opportunity to discuss with them these important things. The next time they ask you about money to buy some candy or toy, you can use the book's lessons in driving home the point of always ensuring that not only your kid is having an honest deal, but also one that is fair for everyone.
But overall, what I like most about this book is how the characters value a new idea: when somebody comes up with an idea--a new solution to a problem, an invention to make things easier--all the other characters in the story get excited. This is an excellent way to demonstrate to young minds how important a good idea is and how, in certain situations, a good idea can save a life. It definitely saved Johnny's life.
Pick up or download a copy of this book. Even better, get all the books in the Johnny Profit series. They're a good investment for your kids.