For those of you who don’t know about Shannon Ryan, I’d highly suggest becoming familiar with her. Especially if you have kids. Shannon’s a certified financial planner that writes financial education books for kids. She also has books for their parents, who want to teach those kiddos to use money responsibly. You can check them all out on her website, The Heavy Purse.
Her latest, brand-new book is “The Lemonade Stand.” And I’m lucky to have been offered a free copy to review it. (All opinions are my own, or those of my children, free or not.)
My kids love books. So when this came in the mail they were super excited. They loved following the main characters as they lusted after items such as model airplanes, toy balls, and drum sets. They sympathized with them as their mother told them, “No, we’re only here for xyz.” (My paraphrase.) They liked the idea of building their own lemonade stand to make money, especially when we got to their favorite page:
Then, after they earn the money, Shannon does something amazing: she has the child-characters decide how they’re going to spend and save their own money. Some of the children are generous with their earnings, and some are a little bit near-sighted. But this method is one that I whole-heartedly support, in a book or in real life. Educating your children and then letting them make their own decisions.
Overall review? Awesome. I’d suggest that your child be at least four years old to have the attention-span necessary to follow the story and grasp the concepts.