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Reviewed by Shaul Behr for Readers' Favorite
Every parent wants their child to be smart about money. And here is a children’s book that does a great job of teaching in simple, easy-to-understand English some of the most basic and yet often overlooked principles of financial responsibility. Teasingly titled How To Get Rich, this charming little book by Michele and Christian Finley teaches money matters with bright colors, vivid photos, gentle humor, and most importantly, total frankness. It conveys its fundamental message with complete clarity: getting rich, for the vast majority of people, is not about winning the lottery, or becoming a famous rap artist or sportsman; it’s about knuckling down, getting a good education and thereafter a good job. It’s your job as a parent to educate your child about this basic principle. Young Christian Finley can help you out by talking to your child as a peer.
From the get-go, I fell in love with this book. First, Christian is just adorably cute! But it’s not just the photos that do it; he narrates the story candidly, sharing what it’s like to be poor (spoiler alert: it sucks), what his aspirations are, and taking you through his options of how to get there. It’s a very simple, logical journey that he follows, inexorably leading to the conclusion that if you want to get rich, your first step is to stick it out at school and get the best grades you can. He talks about other resources you can use if you want to learn more, like libraries, museums, and zoos. The whole book is a delight. If you have children who enjoy picture books and are beginning to read, then this book is the perfect first step in their financial education!