My kids like to draw while I read - this treasure chest was from Eli
Author Joey Fehrman explains many financial issues, including the difference between stocks and bonds, in easy to understand language. I laughed out loud at the female pirate, Sandy's, joke, "What's the difference between a man and a bond?" A bond matures! This sort of hilarity is typical of the book, which kept my boys interested.
In any pirate story, you have a captain, and some crew. When I asked the boys who their favorite character was, Eli said his was Rusty. Rusty is the youngest pirate on the crew, and he is the source of many of the puns in the story. Joey, who is the captain's non-pirate son, spends a lot of time explaining financial concepts to the crew, and has to use very simple terms for Rusty's sake, which benefits the reader. At one point, Rusty wants to buy a parrot, but because of the concepts he's learned, he understands that this is a want and not a need, and decides to save up for the parrot. It's not a "no," it's a "not yet."
Our family enjoyed this book, and not just because of the gold coins they got to munch on while I read aloud. I felt it covered a lot of material in a very approachable manner, and we were able to discuss why our family has made some of the choices that we have.
There is a romance angle between Joey and Sandy, and I did have to edit the lollipop scene while I was reading to the boys, but then this book is aimed at teens and young adults. There is a bit of grown up humor and reference to "Coke bottle curves" when describing a woman.
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My little pirates thoroughly enjoyed their gold pieces (you can see the one Eli flipped spinning on the table) and they're now better equipped to make sound financial decisions right from the start.
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