Monday, October 24, 2011

Three Cups

Three Cups by Tony Townsley and Mark St. Germain is beautifully illustrated by April Willy.  I would tend to think a book intended to teach children about finances would be pretty dull, but this book proved me wrong.  This sturdy hardback book with thick glossy pages contains gorgeous pictures which captivated our little toddler's attention.

The story is about a little boy who receives three cups for his fifth birthday.  The cups are labeled "give," "save," and "spend".  His parents announce that he will now be receiving an allowance which will be divided into these three cups.  The book moves on predictably from there and provides an invaluable opportunity to start teaching even young children about managing money.  The back of the book contains some suggestions to parents for using this book.

Personally, we have not decided if we are going to give our son an allowance or use another system to teach him about finances.  But if we do choose to give an allowance, we will definitely use this book as a teaching tool.  Considering this is put out by a Christian publisher, I was surprised that there were no Bible verses in the entire book and not even any mention of God, only references to giving to church.  That was kind of disappointing, but it can still be used as a great tool for teaching children.  It is just and incomplete tool, in my opinion.

I give this book five out of five stars.

I received a free copy of this book from Booksneeze of Thomas Nelson in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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