Thursday, March 18, 2010

Review & Giveaway:Three Cups



Three Cups
I'm sure I've said it plenty of times...my family is working on being debt free. One day we want to call into the radio and scream, "I'm debt free" like so many other people. It's been a long and hard journey so far and it's a journey that I don't want my kids to ever have to endure. That's why I was excited when I was asked to review Three Cups: Teaching Children how to save, spend and be charitable.

The History: This book was written for young children probably between the ages of 5 and 13. The author, Mark St. Germain is retelling the personal childhood experiences of Tony Townsley in order to help parents teach their own children about the importance of money. Townsely says, "We've tried to teach our children that it is not how much money you have that is important, it's how you use it". A lesson that even some adults have a problem learning. I know this from personal experience.

It's a cute tale of a boy who receives three cups for his 5th birthday and the adventures he goes on learning how to use those three cups.

The Verdict: I was so excited to read this book! I've already been researching information and products that you can use to teach your children about how to use money responsibly. When I opened the book I was surprised! I had already checked out the website and thought I was well versed on what the book was about. Boy was I wrong. I was expecting a book that would tell parents how to teach children about money. Instead I was pleasantly surprised to get a children's storybook that did just that.

Now, my kids are both toddlers but I read it out loud to them anyway. My two year old understood birthday, presents, and money but I'm not sure how much more she got out of it. My little boy loved the pictures. I loved the story! I figure that I will take the advice of Townsley and try this method with my children when they reach the age of 5. It's a simple idea and I will have the book to illustrate what I am teaching.

This is definitely a two thumbs up book! As a former school counselor this is a book that I would use for classroom guidance if I was teaching about responsibility or charity. What I also liked was there are teaching points for parents (or teachers, counselors) at the back of the book to help guide lessons.

I can't think of anything negative about this book. It's simple, easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to use as a teaching tool.

Buy it: The book retails for $10 a copy on the website. It can also be purchased at Amazon.

Win it: Townsley is graciously offering to give two of my lucky readers a copy of the book Three Cups. This giveaway begins March 18 and will end on March 26. It is open to US only.

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4 comments:

  1. Everytime I hear someone scream "We're Debt Free" I seriously get teary eyed! I can't wait until we are there!

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  2. Angie: I know just what you mean!! I'll be cheering for you when you get to scream!

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  3. Following you back from the MBC. Thank you so much.
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  4. This looks like a great book...we are working on money concepts with The Boy. The music on that video made me get all teary-eyed. That must mean it's time to go home ;-)

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