The history of money : from bartering to banking (#0520WX7)

by Jenkins, Martin; illustrated by Kitamura, Satoshi

7 reviews & awards | 6 full-text reviews

FollettBound Glued Candlewick Press, 2015
Price: USD 14.26
Description: 53 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Dewey: 332.4; Int Lvl: 3-6; Rd Lvl: 6.3
AR 6.3 MG 1 168566EN; LEX 1160L; GR V; F&P V


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Hardcover Candlewick Press, 2014

USD 15.15

Paperback Candlewick Press, 2015

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Includes bibliographical references (page 51) and index. Text and illustrations look at the history of money from the Stone Age through the twenty-first century.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication Date: September 22, 2015
  • Format: FollettBound Glued
  • Edition: First U.S. paperback edition 2015.
  • Dewey: 332.4
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 53 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Tracings: Kitamura, Satoshi, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-48988-500-5 (originally 0-7636-7973-9)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-48988-500-5 (originally 978-0-7636-7973-6)
  • Follett Number: 0520WX7
  • Interest Level: 3-6
  • Reading Level: 6.3
  • ATOS Book Level: 6.3
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 1
  • AR Quiz: 168566EN
  • Lexile: 1160L
  • Guided Reading Level: V
  • Fountas & Pinnell: V

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 09/15/14
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 09/01/14
  • Horn Book Guide, 04/01/15
  • Horn Book Magazine, 11/01/14
  • Kirkus Reviews, 07/15/14
  • Library Media Connection, 03/01/15
  • School Library Journal, 09/01/14

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (September 15, 2014 (Vol. 111, No. 2))
Grades 4-8. This cleverly designed picture book uses just the right balance of information and explanation to guide students through both the global history of currency and the application of market pressures on exchange methods. Each three-page chapter takes another chronological step forward through the history of money in a variety of cultures, from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia to modern Europe, beginning with a burgeoning barter system where goods and services are exchanged directly for other goods and services all the way to contemporary concerns about inflation and variable exchange rates. Of particular note is the cogent and accessible way Kitamura’s cartoonish drawings help illustrate Jenkins’ discussions of money’s symbolic worth and the ways accounting led to the development of written language. Jenkins’ straightforward, breezy tone and simple examples help make a confounding topic just a little clearer. Some of the math toward the end is tricky, but that only helps to illustrate the importance of understanding computation to be able to grasp everyday economics.

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