Librarian Kathleen Hanselmann, Monterey California..... I am very impressed with "If Money Could Shout: the brutal truths". The graphic format will appeal to teens and the information is presented in a way that is not
preachy, but focuses on the disasters that await poor financial
... "So many times we say it is too expensive or we cannot afford
it....but Marvels Of Money for kids really demonstrates what those words mean. Lastly,
the tips for parents (at the back of the book) are critical. As a
parent it is always helpful to have a solid and quick guide that reminds
you how, why and to frequently talk about saving money. "
..... "I teach 3rd & 4th graders. Following
my review of "Marvels of Money for kids", I feel that the language,
content and overall tone of the books
is definitely geared to 7-11 year old children. They are kid-friendly,
written with kids in mind rather than adult to child which usually
involves a preachy tone. It felt like kids were talking to kids about
finances. Another distinctive is the subject matter of each book. I
think these are also kid-friendly in that the topics of the books are
what kids are interested in learning about."
Librarian Melissa Reynolds, Volusia County Public Library, Florida .... we
received our copies of "Marvels of Money for Kids." I can say that the book (along with your book "If Money Could Shout" for teens) most
definitely filled a niche in the Volusia County Public Library's collection -
as our system ordered (and have already received) a copy of Marvels of Money
for Kids for each branch in our system and a copy of the Teen title for the
majority of the branches in our region. We actively participated in Money Smart Week this past
year and plan on continuing to participate in the future, so, the materials
were "spot on" in regard to bringing our teen and children's
departments on board with like programming and collection displays.
... "The highlighted vocabulary is helpful. I think just talking more
about money, how we use it, and the different aspects of how it is
managed, is important. Knowing the vocabulary is key."
Elementary school principal
..."My teachers are very challenged with tough national learning
standards and tremendous demographic shifts; these are the only books we
have seen which address social studies, mathematics, and reading in a
single book; the values and financial lessons you have integrated into
the stories are priceless. We will use these in 1 st through 5 th grade. ”
Teacher .... "Paul, the illustrations provide young readers a bridge to higher level concepts"
... "I like how the story carries through the series of 5 stories in "Marvels Of Money for kids". It is
well thought out and my kids really enjoy them....while the books sneak
in messages regarding good habits. All the topics apply to a wide range
of kids in many real life situations."
Paul, I purposely took a post-graduate course in Personal Finance after
college just because there wasn't anything like it in my formal
education to that point. My grandchildren think that money is available
at any ATM whenever we need it. Of course, we explain where it came
from, but the lasting image is the cash coming out of the machine. Some
early childhood learning of finances is long overdue.
Librarian.... Kimberly Gotches, Bartlett Public Library District, Illinois .... "You are doing a wonderful thing
to help children become more financially savvy. There are many strong points to
your book, "Marvels of Money for kids". I like how you have the key words in bold (e.g. prices, value,
credit card, college savings, etc). In addition, the topics are well
chosen. I especially like how you start with "Earning Excitement". I could best see this book used
in a structured program, say a book discussion where the children read the
books on their own at home with their families and reconvene to discuss it at
Parent ... "What a great vision and approach. My best to you with this endeavor. It is certainly needed."
Teacher ... "I think that the relevance and understandable economic concepts are key strengths in the Marvels Of Money for kids' series."
... "One of the aspects I favor in the Marvels Of Money for kids series is the way Mom and Dad
interact with their children and the modeling of good parenting. One of
my favorite examples is in Spending Success where the parents say "No"
in many different ways. For anyone who uses no a lot, but does not like
to say no, it offers a good example."
Parent ..... "These have the appearance of graphic novels and that's what kids like! That's what they read!"
Librarian Sherri Baca, Shreveport LA ... I believe "Marvels Of Money for kids" will
communicate to the kids how important it is to know how much and where your
money is spent. You are right on time with this book!!! Please
continue to write more children’s books.
Grandparent .... I’ve
seen the 5-minute video on your website and your two-page flyer, but
I’m looking forward to seeing the actual books. They sound exactly right
for my precocious nine year-old granddaughter. We’re going to give her
the first one at Christmas, and tell her she’ll get a “book of the
month” for five months. It gives her something to look forward to,
rather than being overwhelmed with receiving five books on a foreign
topic at once.
Parent .... The "Marvels Of Money for kids" series is outstanding . Congratulations on trying to make a difference in the world . My hat is off to you."
"What a wonderful, much needed idea. I wish your series were available
when my children were young!!! I am forwarding this to all my nieces
and nephews with children."
... "You have tackled a ton in this series. Not only do you address the
need for young people to know how to manage money, but also community
involvement, being a self sufficient person, being a responsible parent
... "Paul, as I anticipate using these throughout the educational
system, many approaches will work, depending on the age/grade:
- Whole class where teacher reads to the class and the class follows along.
- Students can read them independently.
- Students can partner read them.
- The teacher can combine the books with current events or with long term projects.
- The concepts of earning money through business or the cost of loans can be used in math lessons."
... "This is a great idea.
I’d like to send a set to President Obama. These lessons should be
incorporated into our elementary schools and mid/high schools. I don’t
remember learning much about the economy until College and that was
because I was a Finance major."
... "Good for you and your concern for our youth. This was a subject of
conversation at my 55th HS reunion in August --- we talked about the
financial differences growing up in a small town and most of us having
summer or after school jobs and learning skills, how to work and what to
do with our money. We all talked about the disconnect that exists now
for youth and getting to be part of the economy and understanding it."
Corporate leader ... "Paul,
I love this vision and the way you are going about it. This series
should be adopted by corporations for their employees' benefit, as
parents struggle instilling these principles in their kids. In fact,
corporations should also sponsor this series in local schools in which
their operations are based."
Messages to last a lifetime