Book Review: Three Cups by Tony Townsley and Mark St. Germain


If you're trying to figure out how to teach your children about finances, Thomas Nelson has a new children’s book out to do just that. Three Cups offers parents a basic plan to help their children start handling their money at an early age. This beautifully illustrated book uses three cups to help children learn to save, spend and be charitable.


The family in the Three Cups story gives their son a birthday present with the promise that it will take him on "an adventure." The 5 year old boy receives three cups: one for saving, one for spending and one for charitable giving. As the book enfolds, we see how the boy used his cups in the beginning of his adventure. . .and in the end of the book, the boy is an adult that passes on "the adventure" to his child.

After the main story in this Three Cups, there is a guide to help parents to set up their own 3-cup system in their family. My son enjoyed both the story and the illustrations when we read it together. He is older so we talked about how we do finances and how we could do them better based on this book. Even if you do not use this exact method, the book can be a helpful one for a discussion on the basics of finances with your little ones. I highly recommend it is a good starter financial book to use with kids. I also liked the way the authors relate the using of our financial resources as an adventure. Life is an adventure and our choices can make a difference in our lives in all of the areas of spending, saving and giving.

I received this book from Thomas Nelson as part of their Booksneeze program. I was not required to write a positive review.

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