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The History of Money: From Bartering to Banking    by Martin Jenkins & Satoshi Kitamura order for
History of Money
by Martin Jenkins
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2014 (2014)
Hardcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

I was a little disappointed in this book because I had hoped it would deliver more content rather than just give a general view of how money came to be used and how the banking system evolved. Perhaps I expected too much and, I admit, that may be my problem. On the other hand, readers nine years of age and older can handle more demanding content.

The information on antiquity and how various forms of money replaced bartering is fairly sound. But when the author makes the transition to loans, the need for record keeping, and eventually a banking system, there are some quantum leaps and any reader who is paying attention will probably have a lot of questions.

As a general introduction, this book with its uninspired illustrations is passable but if your child has a report to give or is doing research on money and related topics, you'd be better served to find something with more information and hard facts.

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