Thursday, October 6, 2011

Great Smoky Mountains Storybook Series by Larry Burkett

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

This set of four books are wonderful stories that practically teach some principles of money management. The stories center around two children, Joshua and Sarah and their family. In each book a different aspect of money management is covered. A Different Kind of Party talks about giving to the church and how and why a church needs and uses the money we give. Sarah and the Art Contest covers being a wise spender, researching and buying quality items. Last Chance For Camp and A Home For The Hamsters address different aspects of saving and working for your wages.

Positives: These stories are easy for kids to understand and relate to. They will easily grasp the concepts introduced and enjoy a good story as well. As a parent, I was thankful for the sections at the end of each book that used Scripture and reiterated the main points of the story to review with your child.

Negatives: None

Talking Points: I think money management is one of the more difficult things to teach your child. The value of a dollar is a difficult thing for them to grasp, yet it is important that we teach them good scriptural principles and encourage them to honor God with the money and possessions He has blessed them with. Some of the Scriptures used in these books are Proverbs 6:6-8, Col. 3:23, Prov. 31:16, II Cor. 9:7, Luke 11:42. Help your child understand their heart in relation to their possessions (Matt. 6) and develop an eternal perspective.

Age Level: 4-12 years old

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