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Grandpa’s Fortune Fables #AD

Grandpa’s Fortune Fables is a cleverly written financial education book for kids.
A collection of fun, short stories that teach kids to earn, save and grow their own money.

Disclaimer: I was gifted this book for the purpose of this review. This hasn’t influenced my opinion of the product in any way.

Teaching kids about money

Let me set the scene. The daughter gets ten-pound pocket money, daughter goes out with friends and spends some of her pocket money. When she returns and you ask her “how much pocket money did you spend?”. The answer is likely, “I didn’t spend all of it, only like £9.97 or something like that”. Sound familiar? Well, this is exactly what happens in my house with my middle child. The concept of having money creates the urge to spend it.

I’ve discussed this topic in a previous post regarding teaching kids about money, and I just can’t fathom why schools don’t teach money management as part of the curriculum in some form. Neither of my 3 kids has learnt money management in school. Yes, they may have learned to count money, but not actual management of it.

Money Matters

The world has changed a lot, especially since the COVID 19 pandemic. Youngsters are expected to do all sorts once they leave education, such as further education, work, or become self-employed. That is just some of the avenues they can go down. If they became self-employed or even employed, there are huge financial implications they can find themselves in. If you asked your son or daughter of school leavers’ age if they knew what the basic rate of tax is, would they know? Unlikely, and why should they. No one has taught them.

Now, I’m not saying we’re brilliant at managing money, but we pay our bills and always have food in the fridge and have some left for niceties. I’d like to think Mrs F and I try to teach our kids common sense when it comes to money. Money matters, understanding it and being able to manage it matters even more.

Grandpa’s Fortune Fables

Will Rainey, author of Grandpas’s Fortune Fables gifted me a copy of the book and I genuinely believe it to be a masterpiece. It’s so cleverly written that the message about money and how to manage it seems to just sink in and make sense without realising. I read the book and thought, it was just very clever. I passed it to my thirteen-year-old daughter to read, and partway through the book, I asked her if she had learnt anything so far. “you don’t have to have a good job or be famous to have loads of money, you just have to manage your money well.

Short stories that educate

Grandpa’s Fortune Fables contains short stories, each story following the last. The main character, Gail, is a 13-year-old girl. Throughout the book, she shares the lessons she has learned from her Grandpa about money with a boy called Boris, who previously bullied her. After Gail confronts and stands up to Boris, they soon become friends and she sets out to share the advice her Grandpa has taught her about managing money. Boris is keen to listen and learn as his family has always been pretty bad with money. Gail puts these lessons into practice and becomes quite wealthy herself at a young age.

Grandpa's Fortune Fables Gail Boris

Each chapter within the book is basically a fable about each of the lessons Gail has learned from her Grandpa. Quite cleverly and creatively they educate on things like the get rich quick schemes, the importance of saving your money and even paying tax.

Key principles

The whole book is based on Grandpa’s 3 core principles;

Grandpas Fortune Fables Three Rules

Each chapter ends with a question to allow further thought, you need to answer the question correctly and by doing so will give you a letter. By the time you have read each chapter and reached the end of the book, you will have enough codeword letters to spell out the secret codeword. An intuitive way to entice the reader to carry on reading.

Grandpa’s Fortune Fables is creatively designed to inform and educate children about earning, saving and investing, as well as entrepreneurship. Even as an adult, there is a couple of things I’ve learnt too. Not to dwell on the Pandemic the book does cover it in a way to show that events outside of your control can and do have an impact on savings and investments.

Our kid’s financial future

The book is a great read for all ages, although it is targeted at the teen/tween audience. It’s well written, well-illustrated and cleverly constructed. You may think, why do kids need to know about savings and investments etc, but it’s the core principles that allow your child to better understand the value of money and set them up for a better financial future.

Grandpa's Fortune Fables

Grandpa’s Fortune Fables is available in all good book stores and on Amazon as a paperback and e-book.

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Summary

Grandpa's Fortune Fables is creatively designed to inform and educate children about earning, saving and investing, as well as entrepreneurship. Even as an adult, there is a couple of things I've learnt too.

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