Three Cups

Three Cups

by Mark St. Germain, April Willy (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 32 pages
Price: $9.99

If you want to introduce your kids to the importance of personal money management without eliciting yawns, this is the book to use. Mark St. Germain's engaging first person narrative and April Willy's refreshingly innocent illustrations show kids the value of financial planning through saving, spending, and giving.

A little boy (presumably the young St. Germain) is given three tea cups out of his parents' cupboard for his birthday and told they'll take him on many adventures. He's understandably dubious. But then he opens an envelope, and the adventures begin.

The book ends with the narrator as a father giving the same gift to his son, and another round of adventures beginning. The story is touching, and St. Germain's sparse but eloquent prose will likely endear parents to this book as much as younger readers—the message of careful stewardship and selfless charity certainly will.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he's a husband and father who loves church, good food, and weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.
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Summary: A charming introduction to stewardship for kids still at the picture book stage.

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