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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Children are often being advised that money doesn’t grow on trees, but when a brother and sister ask Grandpa for some money to buy an ice cream treat from the ice cream truck, Grandpa tells them, “I’ll go pick my Money Tree”. The children enjoy their treat and then they set out to search for Grandpa’s Money Tree. It must be in the house somewhere, but they can’t find it. After asking Grandma, all she says is, “I’ll guess you’ll have to see”. Perplexed and out of ideas of where Grandpa has hidden his Money Tree, the children finally go and ask Grandpa. With patience and kind words, Grandpa shares his years of wisdom.
K. W. Wilson’s picture book story, The Money Tree, is a creative way to teach young people how to manage money responsibly and with care. Instead of telling the children that money doesn’t grow on trees, Grandpa makes the children believe that there really is a Money Tree. But the Money Tree is something, they soon learn, that requires years of hard work and responsible money management. A difficult lesson to learn for people of all ages. The story is told in rhyming verse and is accompanied by colorful illustrations which add to the excitement of the search for Grandpa’s Money Tree. The plot develops at a steady pace, building up momentum and excitement as the climax approaches. The characters are well developed and the lesson to be learned is well presented. Children will enjoy this story and, hopefully, will become responsible Money Tree managers themselves.