Three Cups: A Lesson in Life and Money for Children written by Mark St Germain from a story by Tony Townsley and beautifully illustrated by April Willy will teach your child the importance of saving, giving and spending wisely. Three Cups tells the story of a young boy who unwraps a package for his birthday. Inside the box, are three cups from the kitchen cabinet. Bewildered and somewhat disappointed, he turns to his parents. The parents begin to tell him that those three cups will take him on adventures. Intrigued he wants to know more. His parents explain to him that he is old enough to earn an allowance and the cups will be used to guide him in the wise handling of money. Part of his allowance is put into the “spend” cup so that he can save money in order to buy material items. Part of his allowance is put into the ”save” cup for his future. When he accumulates a sizable sum, the money is transferred to a bank account. The remainder of the money is put into a “give” cup. The money is used to help others. As he accumulates money in the “give” cup, he gets to experience, first hand, the joy of helping others. As the story unfolds, the young man saves enough to help pay for his college education. It ends when he has his own son and presents him with the same present on his fifth birthday.
The back of the book contains a parents' guide for discussing money with your children. It also provides helpful suggestions on including your children in banking, charitable organizations, and church giving. For further inspiration, there is a website, www.3cupsbook.com, at which users are able to post their success stories for others to read.
This book is available from online retailers such as www.amazon.com
Disclaimer: Three Cups was purchased by the reviewer. The views contained within are solely those of the reviewer.
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