THE CAT IN the Hat puts to rest any notion that money grows on trees in this super simple look at numismatics, the study of money and its history. Beginning with the ancient practice of bartering, the Cat explains various forms of money used in different cultures, from shells, feathers, leather, and jade to metal ingots to coins (including the smallest—the BB-like Indian fanam—and the largest—the 8-foot-wide, ship-sinking limestone ones from the Islands of Yap!), to the current king of currency, paper. Also included is a look at banking, from the use of temples as the first banks to the concept of gaining or paying interest, and a step-by-step guide to minting coins. A fascinating introduction is bound to change young reader’s appreciation for change!
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About Bonnie Worth
BONNIE WORTH is the author of countless books for young readers, among them the Cat in the Hat Learning Library books Oh Say Can You Say Di-No-Saur?; If I Ran the Rain Forest?; Hark! A Shark!; and If I Ran… More about Bonnie Worth
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers Sep 09, 2008| 48 Pages| 6-1/2 x 9| 4-8 years| ISBN 9780375828812