Thursday, October 27, 2011
Book Review: Three Cups
What I loved: The illustrations are outstanding, calm, and engaging. I like the look and feel of the book- it has an antique feel which makes it seem more important than a typical fiction children's book. I love the basic cup concept and how it is a great visual application of money management. It is simple, direct, and productive. While not a new idea to the world of money management for kids- this book does a great job at presenting the idea. There is also a great parent's guide in the back.
What I didn't care for: Being of a christian publisher, I was disappointed that the concepts of giving, saving, and spending were not backed up with the idea that these are Biblical principles and we do them out of obedience as God's Stewards and of his commands in scripture. Beyond being a wise idea to give, save, and spend- it is also a spiritual issue and I feel this book would have been so much better and set itself apart from other books like it if it had included this. I also wish they had shown less of the allowance aspect, and more on earning money to put in the jars. I for the most part do not agree with allowances and would rather see kids see the value of work (another biblical concept) by earning money to put in their jars. This book fell short in this area.
Overall this is a great tool to teach your kids about money, but it doesn't scratch the surface of what it means to be a wise steward.
I received this book to review from Book Sneeze and Thomas Nelson publishers, but my opinions are all my own.