Dosh by Rashmi Sirdeshpande, illustrated by Adam Hayes and published by Wren & Rook is a non fiction book for children all about money.
Money and managing money is a subject many people don’t talk about, or even actively avoid talking about, so this is a perfect book to open up those conversations with children as well as giving them the tools and knowledge to be financially literate.
The book is split into 6 sections; a history of money, followed by how to earn it, spend it, save it, grow it and give it. Each of these chapters hold a wealth of information that is delivered in concise and easy to digest segments and finish with a brilliant ‘In a Nutshell’ summary.
From savings accounts and stock market investments to being a savvy shopper and planning a pension, this book is an excellent and comprehensive resource. The overall tone is chatty but sharp and to the point with engaging illustrations that add to the content whilst also breaking up chunks of text. The common sense approach and questions aimed at the reader ensures it doesn’t become a lecture but instead encourages independent thinking and decision making.
The stand out parts for me were on shopping and giving. In the ‘How to Spend it’ section there is some really useful information about advertising, how it is used to encourage us to part with our money and how we can distinguish between the things we need and the things we want. With so many potential influences around all of us this is an essential section to refer back to and learn from.
The last chapter is the one that impressed me the most, ‘How to Give it’. Not just for the fact that giving to charity is covered in the book but dedicating a whole chapter to it shows it is as important as other things such as savings and investments and not just an after thought.
There is so much to be learnt from this book for both adults and children that will not only support good money management but, by opening up the sometimes confusing world of money, also offer plenty of aspiration.
Many thanks to the publisher for sending a copy of this book for review.
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