The Cats of Laughing Thunder, Guide for Kids and Money, an e-book copyright by ThinkerBlox, written by S. S. Curtis, MBA, JD.
Following a disclaimer, nineteen chapters of advice for children on money and how to save, invest and use it are offered. A simple introduction is followed by six chapters giving suggestions to all with respect to starting your own business; working for someone else; allowances; gifts; saving money. These are set forth in a manner that can be understood by quite young children. The followed chapters contain subject matter that perhaps may be of greater interest to those somewhat older, but still couched in appropriately understandable language. Specifically, these offer material about compounding; first account; needs versus wants; budget; productive spending; debt; investing, certificate of deposit; bonds; stocks; real estate; charity; the human brain and money. A twentieth chapter provides author’s websites and in turn, is followed by a brief biography of the author and the source of her series name. The volume finishes with excerpts from coming books.
Summary: A short book of explanations and suggestions with respect to management of money directed toward children, even of quite young age.
5* for targeted audience.
Bubble Belly, Passerport Productions, a children’s e-book copyright and written by Chris Tian.
This very short, illustrated book is the simple story of Junco who wants only a big juicy hamburger. His mother tells him no, to eat all the fruit he wants for breakfast. At lunch she tells him to eat all the vegetables he wants for lunch. The same message for snack time. – all the snacks he wants. However, for dinner he gets his hamburger but is so full of everything else he has eaten all day that he must rush to get rid of all of the food plus the big juicy hamburger.
According to the other reviewers, the reaction of small children of their acquaintance to this book was a joyfully reception. This seems to be in accord with serious studies performed a number of years ago by educators who had become concerned with the tremendous drop in the amount of reading done by children. They discovered that books with a violent theme and/or bathroom humor were by far the best received. The reaction reported by the reviewers here appear to support the findings of the educational studies in the past. So from this reviewer’s perception, if the parent, friend or other acquaintance of these young children wish to provide books with such content, this book definitely seems ideal. If instead they would prefer to present more appropriate reading material to aid the child’s progression, any number of well-written/illustrated books are available. Obviously, this is the buyer’s decision.
3* 4* to 1* dependent upon the giver’s desired level of motivational provision.