October 18, 2011

Three Cups {a review}

Like most parents, we want our children to be wise with money.  Trying to teach them from an early age to give, save, and spend in ways that honor God, we have used a system of envelopes.  

However, I am always interested in how others teach money matters to their children.  When I saw Three Cups: A Lesson in Life and Money for Children, published by Tommy Nelson, I was intrigued.  The cover picturing three simply labeled cups clearly displays the premise of the book. 

Written for children, this picture book presents a simple system of giving, saving, and spending money.  The main character relates how he received three cups for his fifth birthday with the promise of an adventure.  His parents explained how he would now receive an allowance each week.  The money would be divided among the three cups and over time would accumulate.  Then the adventure would begin. 

The basic storyline moves through each cup and the boy's initial usage of his money.  It ends full circle as the boy, now a man, contemplates how he will give his soon to be five year old son his own three cups.  A parent's guide of ideas for using Three Cups as a learning lesson is included at the end of the book. 

Overall, the book presents a simple and lasting money lesson for children.  The concept of using three cups to teach giving, saving, and spending money, appears easy and effective. 

Thank you Tommy Nelson for providing me with a copy of Three Cups for review.


  1. i was wondering about this one...thanks for the review! :)

    mountain mama

  2. I've heard great things about this idea of 3 cups (first from another book...maybe first edition?). Wanted to review this, but decided too much going on. Look forward to checking it out in the future though. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I like the concept of the book. I guess it leaves it to parents to work out the details of implementing.


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