The artwork has a Norman Rockwell vibe with a 1950s flair. The story is told from a first person point of view with the narrator looking back on his childhood. The expressions on the young boy's face are realistically captured. When he receives the three cups on his fifth birthday, his eyes portray disappointment. He asks, "Is this my present?" However, after his parents explain the purpose of each cup, his outlook begins to brighten when he imagines the adventures that will come when he realizes the potential of what this new knowledge can bring.
Along the way, he learns about earning interest on his savings by visiting the bank with his mother and little sister. He feels the pride of being able to pay for his own baseball glove when the amount in his spending cup accumulates. He generously uses the funds in his charity cup to purchase eight cans of soup for his school's food drive then delivers them to a family in need.
The story continues as the narrator secures his first job mowing lawns all the way to high school graduation when he uses his savings to help pay for college. The financial lessons are carried across a lifetime. The book comes full circle when the narrator gives his own son three cups for his fifth birthday. It concludes with a Parent's Guide of 10 activities so that the message of the book can readily be applied to real life situations.
Overall, it is never too early to learn how to save, spend and give to charity.
Three Cups by Mark St. Germain & April Willy is available for $10.00 at Amazon.com and at 3cupsbook.com.
A complimentary review copy was provided by Confessions of an Overworked Mom.
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