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Usborne Lift-the-flap Questions and Answers about Money

Authored by Lara Bryan
Illustrated by Marie-Eve Tremblay
Published by Usborne Publishing Ltd

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Usborne Lift-the-flap Questions and Answers about Money: You may well be familiar with Usborne’s Lift-the-flap Questions and Answers series, which does exactly what the name implies: questions on the chosen topic are raised and then possible answers are offered under the flaps.

This money-focused incarnation is organised into themed sections covering a range of different aspects, including ‘Earning Money’, Managing Money’, and ‘Good Deal, Bad Deal’. Cartoon-like characters and the bright clear presentation of information make this an accessible book for young readers to tackle independently. There are practical examples using both dollars and pounds, reflecting the intended audience and the book also includes links to websites, where the reader can continue to explore concepts around money.

The questions themselves are both practical in nature, for example, ‘Why do prices often end with a 9?’ but also extend to philosophical questions such as, ‘Is stealing money ever OK?’ and ‘Does money make you happy?’ The ‘answers’ inform and have an advisory tone, for example, ‘It helps to keep your savings somewhere you can’t spend them easily.’ But they also encourage the reader to reflect critically on the choices we make as consumers and provide opportunities to engender some interesting debates regarding economic power. When we are offered a ‘free’ bag with a purchase, is it really free? Who benefits: the consumer or the producer? This is perhaps where the book’s real potential lies; in its ability to invite the reader to adopt a critical stance, something that is becoming more significant given young people’s increasing financial independence via the use of technology.

This book would sit comfortably in any KS1 or lower KS2 classroom. There are obvious links with the Maths and English curriculum and developing a critical, informed, and responsible attitude. The structure of the book naturally lends itself to posing questions that might be explored before even considering what is beneath the flap. It would equally be a good addition to the book corner for children to explore independently.