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Follow Your Money: Who Gets It, Who Spends It, Where Does It Go? Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-20 
Review Score: 3 out of 5 star From 4 user ratings
ISBN:1554514819
LANGUAGE:English

" This book was full of interesting facts. I liked how there was humour all over this book just to make you smile. It was cool how each page told you how most of our everyday stuff is made and manufacture. Learning this stuff was really cool, it taught you how much each employee from a job gets and why. I really enjoyed this book and hope to read more books like it. " said.

" I loved this book! It was really interesting. It tells you where your money goes after u buy something. For example: a game console, it tells you how much money goes to the company and the store. To be honest I thought it all just went in the cash register, so I've learned a lot of cool facts about money from this book. " said.

"I really like the concept this book portrays, so I was excited to read this. Somewhere along the way my interest waned. Maybe I shouldn't have read it all in one sitting. Though the examples were varied and should appeal to the target audience, it began to feel repetitive. Also, as I looked more closely at the numbers and flipped back and forth to different pages to compare, I just didn't feel like the figures were consistent (I have done no actual research on my own).

The information is well presented and interesting to read - I did have several "aha" moments. I do think that today's youth need to understand money and how our economy works and this book will certainly do that.
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"It was fascinating to learn what happens to your money after you hand it to the cashier, because I've never given it much thought. So, after reading this book, it has enabled me to be a smarter consumer. In my opinion, I also think it is important to read this book at a young age, because it will guide us later on in our journey to adulthood. But even if you did read this at an older age, it would still make any reader think carefully. The book was also very easy to understand and very effective in making the reader think about where things come from, etc. I'm glad I read this book, because I will now make better financial decisions!" said.

"This book was okay. I found it didn't really answer the questions it was supposed to answer. It was also very repetitive the same breakdown just with different items every time but the items every kid I think will purchase at some time in their life like a chocolate bar, a baseball hat, a MP3 player stuff like that. It is SUPPOSED to be about~what happens when the money leaves your hands? Is it a good idea to get a credit card? Why does designer clothing cost more than no name brand? But it really didn't come up or at least how I would of thought it would. Overall I wouldn't recommend this book to a person looking for information on money in general but probably more to a person looking into why do things cost what they do." said.

"Kevin Sylvester and Michael Hlinka do a great job of explaining basic economic concepts. They start by defining what money is and use a timeline to trace the development of money from the early barter systems to today's customs. The price of a product is broken down to show the costs for the manufacturer and seller and what will be left over as profit. The explanations use examples from the everyday lives of students - clothes, fast food, movies, cellphones, video games, etc. Each section uses several items from the category and includes illustrations and infographics to make the information easy to understand. There are even pages to explain sale prices, banking fees and interest, credit and debit cards (and the dangers of overcharging), and how the price of gas affects the prices of other goods and services. The section on snack foods brings up the concern over "fair trade" practices involving goods from other countries. And the difficult concept of taxes being added on to purchases and what taxes are used for is also covered.

This is a good book to use with students since it uses so many familiar examples to explain things. It covers the basics like how money works, taxes, and mark-ups or sales, but also introduces more advanced ideas like "fair trade" and the difference between net and gross profit. I would recommend this to anyone who is learning about simple economics.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.
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"“Follow Your Money” is a really great book to work with money lessons in math and social studies. Our standards in social studies want us to teach how the economy works and this book does a great job explaining just that, in a way students would find clear and easy to understand. In math we teach how to work with money, so this book is a good fit for both core curriculums. I would begin with doing a web with money at its center. Students would come up with different ideas about money. We don’t just spend it, we earn it, taxes are paid and spent, goods are produced by buying smaller things and paying people to put them together, natural resources are found and paid for. There are so many different components to the whole money cycle that we rarely even think about. However if students are to understand how the economy works this is the kind of knowledge they need to learn. I would then move on to a KWL chart and use the students’ prior experiences and their natural curiosity to fill out the first two columns. Then I would start to bring in chapters from the book. I see this book as being an ongoing educational tool during the entire year. I think it could be used a little at a time and we could add to our anchor chart as we learn new things in class. I have never seen a book like “Follow Your Money” before. The other books about money that I have seen, or used in the past are much more simplistic and you really have to reinvent the wheel to teach the concepts they just scratch the surface of. This book goes into great detail explaining things. Another benefit is that it has the most recent information about costs of things and what really goes into making goods to sell." said.

" This book was very interesting. It shows you all the costs of something e.g a chocolate bar. It shows How much the wrapper costs, how much the ingredients cost and how much the shipping cost. It breaks it down and it's very easy to read. I found that it just did the exact same over and over. Overall I would recommend this book to a friend. " said.

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