Dosh: How to Earn It, Save It, Spend It, Grow It, Give It by Rashmi Sirdeshpande
|Dosh: How to Earn It, Save It, Spend It, Grow It, Give It by Rashmi Sirdeshpande|
|Category: Children's Non-Fiction|
|Reviewer: Sue Magee|
|Summary: An excellent introduction to the subject of money for the pre-teen - or even an adult who needs a decent background in the subject. Highly recommended.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 160||Date: August 2020|
|Publisher: Wren and Rook|
|External links: Author's website|
What a relief! A book about money, for children, with clear explanations of what it is, why it matters, how to acquire more of it (nope - robbing banks is out) and what you can do with it when you've managed to get hold of it. Your reasons for wanting money don't matter: we all need it to some extent. You might want to go into business, be a clever shopper, a saver (you might even become an investor) and there might be something you really, really want to buy. There's also the possibility of using to do good in the world.
Rashmi Sirdeshpande is a lawyer who became a children's author and she has a talent for taking the big subjects and making them accessible to young readers. She does a superb job with Dosh. There's a history of money which goes right up to cryptocurrency and Bitcoin. I learned quite a bit there. I loved the stories about people who've done great things with money, but what really impressed me was the way concepts like 'price' and 'value' are explained and made obvious.
The book's never dry. I unpacked it when the post arrived, sat down and read it and then went back and read parts of it again. I smiled. I nodded in understanding and just occasionally you might have spotted a lightbulb being switched on. The book's marketed for children, but I'd be more than happy to give it to an adult, particularly if they were struggling with handling money. It could be an introduction which just might change the way someone lived.
Far too many adults don't understand money: I was actually well into my twenties before I grasped the balance of it. Until I left home I had to ask permission to spend money I'd earned. If it was saved it was often taken from me with no explanation, so when I left home I had no idea of how to handle it. As an adult, I once asked a relative's child what they would like for their birthday and when they didn't come up with any ideas I suggested that I would give them some money and they could buy whatever they wanted. There was no point - if they wanted something Mummy and Daddy just bought it for them. Another child who wasn't going to understand money as an adult.
The book has a cover price of £9.99. It just might be the best money you've ever spent on your child.
Wwe were also impressed by How to Make Money: Smart Ways to Make Millions by Christopher Edge.
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