Children's Book #Review: Three Cups

Wednesday, August 03, 2011 Posted by Dina N

Three Cups by Mark St. Germain is a charmingly illustrated children's book that teaches kids how to manage money. When the little boy in the book turns five, his parents give him three cups: one for saving, one for spending, and one for charity. They promise the little boy that he will have many adventures with these cups.

The boy gradually learns about money management by allocating his weekly allowance to the cups. One day, his mom takes him to the bank to open his own savings account. When the boy grows up, he takes his money management skills to college and eventually passes on the wisdom of the three cups to his own son.

The story is told simply and the pictures on every other page complement it nicely. The book is recommended for kids aged 4-12. It may help parents begin or build on a discussion about money with their children, whether or not they've already broached the subject. Personally, I started teaching my kids about money as soon as I felt they could understand the concept. We do not have a three-cup system but they do keep some coins in their piggy banks. Three Cups is a book that we enjoyed reading together. I felt it engaged my children and lead to some interesting conversations about saving and charity.

Three Cups can be purchased on or on Amazon.

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  1. Patricia said...

    Love the cover. This books sounds like an excellent way to prepare kids for learning about saving and spending. Thanks for reviewing it.

  2. pmernick said...

    This sounds like a great book! My kids are older now, but I'm showing them this review to emphasize what their priorities should be with their money.
    PMNSL95 at triad dot rr dot com

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