A funny, philosophical book about the universal subject of money.
In the Yap Islands in the South Pacific it can be a stone with a hole in the middle. It can be a string of shells, a bundle of cloth or a copper slab. It's the stuff that makes the world go round. That doesn t grow on trees. That can't buy you love, apparently. In this fascinating and thoughtprovoking book, Martin Jenkins explores the history of money from its earliest beginnings to the electronic banking of today. Along the way we learn about hunter gatherers, barter, clay tablets, goat swapping, precious metals, hard bargains, IOUs, interest, coins, Romans, taxes, inflation, paper money, currencies and exchange rates. Satoshi Kitamura's quirky, satirical drawings perfectly compliment the dry humour of the text and in the end we are reminded that money only exists because we believe in it.
About the Author
Martin Jenkins has written many ground-breaking non fiction books for Walker: Can We Save the Tiger?, Ape and The Time Book to name just a few. He has won several awards for his writing including the 1998 TES Information Book of the Year Junior Award for The Emperor's Egg, and he is the reteller of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver, illustrated by Chris Riddell, which won the 2005 Kate Greenaway Medal.
About the Illustrator
Satoshi Kitamura books for Walker include The Carnival of the Animals, Stone Age Boy and Pumpkin Grumpkin edited by John Agard and Grace Nichols.
"Jenkins is bold, informative but never patronising[...]" (Independent on Sunday)"
For Ages: 9+ years old
Number Of Pages: 64
Published: 1st August 2014
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 19.0 x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.28