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Uncle Eric's Model
Ancient Rome
Are You Liberal? Conservative? or Confused?
A Bluestocking Guide: Ancient Rome
A Bluestocking Guide: Economics
A Bluestocking Guide: Justice
A Bluestocking Guide: Political Philosophies
A Bluestocking Guide: Building a Personal Model for Success
Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship Course for Middle School Students
Capitalism for Kids
The Clipper Ship Strategy
Common Sense Business for Kids
Evaluating Books: What Would Thomas Jefferson Think About This?
The Money Mystery
Uncle Eric Talks About Personal, Career and Financial Security
Whatever Happened to Justice?
Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?
World War I
World War II



Uncle Eric's Model (by Martha Robinson, Reviewer for HomeschoolChristian.com)
This model (i.e. the completion of all the books) would yield a politically aware, fiscally intelligent young adult who is ready to move on to the entrepreneurial world or university level studies.


Ancient Rome: How It Affects You Today (by Martha Robinson, Reviewer for HomeschoolChristian.com)
“Ancient Rome” is essential reading for high school students and their parents and will be particularly valuable in conjunction with government, economics, and twentieth century history studies.


Are You Liberal? Conservative? or Confused? (by Martha Robinson, Reviewer for HomeschoolChristian.com)
“Are You Liberal, Conservative, or Confused?” is an outstanding primer for political studies. Parents and children will have much food for thought in this easy-to-read volume that covers much more than just terms. Short chapters allow the student to learn the material a little at a time.

Are You Liberal? Conservative? or Confused? (by Becky Rupp, Good Stuff, Home Education Magazine)
Like our previous Maybury favorites (“Whatever Happened to Penny Candy” and “Whatever Happened to Justice”) in “Are You Liberal? Conservative? or Confused?” Uncle Eric leaps to the rescue firing off 26 thoroughly fascinating letters on political philosophies, past, present, and future. The book is recommended for readers aged 14 and up, but I’d crank it down a few years - Uncle Eric is clear as a bell.

Are You Liberal? Conservative? or Confused? (by William P. Snavely, Emeritus Professor of Economics, George Mason University)
The entire series should be a required, integral component of the social studies curriculum in all public and private schools.


Bluestocking Guide: Ancient Rome (by Martha Robinson, Reviewer for HomeschoolChristian.com)
The guide offers several benefits for the homeschooling family. First, it provides the opportunity for written work and a final exam to check comprehension and to document school credit. Secondly, the essay questions give the family opportunities for discussion of Mr. Maybury's points in light of current events. Third, the additional recommended books and videos allow for a robust study worthy of high school credit. Answers to all short answer and essay questions are included.


Bluestocking Guide: Economics (by Cindy West, March 4, 2011, The Curriculum Choice, http://thecurriculumchoice.com)
Bluestocking Guide: Economics is a sort of workbook/test book/extra study guide to go along with Whatever Happened to Penny Candy. It includes extra articles to further study and understanding of each chapter in the "primer" (which is Whatever Happened to Penny Candy), as well as discussion questions and tests. The tests include everything from short answers and definitions to multiple choice and essay questions. Further reading lists, charts and diagrams are included, too.

You could read the primer without using this book, but it really helps round out the course.

Bluestocking Guide: Economics (by Bettina B. Greaves, Resident Scholar, The Foundation for Economic Education, Inc.)
The Study Guide is one of the best such works that I have seen. [Jane Williams has] made a good selection of readings and arranged them in a logical sequence for children of various ages.


Bluestocking Guide: Justice (by Martha Robinson, Homeschool Christian.com)
The essay questions, particularly, lend themselves to deep discussions with parents or peers.


Bluestocking Guide: Political Philosophies (by Martha Robinson, Homeschool Christian.com)
The study guide will prove very helpful for families. The questions, of course, provide the student with the opportunity to learn the material, but the real value of the study guide is in starting discussions between the student and his parents and peers.


Bluestocking Guide: Building a Personal Model for Success (by Martha Robinson, Homeschool Christian.com)
The study guide for Uncle Eric's book (“Uncle Eric Talks About Personal, Career, and Financial Security”) has short answer and true/false sections to help cement the material covered, but the guide is particularly valuable because of its discussion/essay questions. These thought-provoking questions are extremely important for parents to consider as much as for the young person studying the book, because they will open new avenues that may never have been explored. A final exam is provided, and all answers are in the back of the guide.


Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship Course for Middle School Students (by Cindy West, March 4, 2011, The Curriculum Choice, http://thecurriculumchoice.com)
I have been searching for an economics course that would be suitable for middle school students. Much to my pleasure, I found exactly what I was looking for in Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship for Middle School Students by Bluestocking Press!

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? was recommended to me over and over, which was what originally led me to the Bluestocking Press site. I was overjoyed to find an entire curriculum set for middle school students that included not only the book I was looking for, but three others!

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? is a simply written book of 15 chapters that helps students (and adults like me) understand the basics of the economics system in the United States. Not only that, but it incorporates history and current events in as well.

In real terms that aren’t weighty and hard-to-grasp, your children will finish this book with more information than I was ever taught (even in college) about such things as wages, inflation, recessions, federal debt, and so much more. Even better, there’s a common-sense sort of humor to the book that kept me chuckling all the way through.

Bluestocking Guide: Economics is a sort of workbook/test book/extra study guide to go along with Whatever Happened to Penny Candy. It includes extra articles to further study and understanding of each chapter in the "primer" (which is Whatever Happened to Penny Candy), as well as discussion questions and tests. The tests include everything from short answers and definitions to multiple choice and essay questions. Further reading lists, charts and diagrams are included, too.

You could read the primer without using this book, but it really helps round out the course.

Common Sense Business for Kids is 17 chapters, but only 62 pages of just what it says - common sense. Students learn the ins and outs of what it takes to successfully run a business - things like operating costs, markets, needs vs. wants, changing with the times, keeping inventory, employees and salesmanship.

Since each chapter is only a few pages, the info is not in depth, but instead very to-the-point. I find that extremely refreshing, and I have a feeling your kids will, too!

Capitalism for Kids is subtitled Growing Up to Be Your Own Boss. With a little more depth and a different range of topics, this book continues on the same theme as Common Sense Business for Kids.

Chapters focus on such topics as evaluating what sort of business best suits the child's interests and talents, capitalism vs. communism and socialism, family businesses, investing time and money, gaining education and experience, and even such things as laws and licenses.

Again, I really like the common sense writing that isn't too wordy or philosophical. Quite simply it's written to kids for them to read themselves.

Even though this curriculum is suggested for middle school, I found it to be meaty enough for many high school students. However, if you’re hoping to find a set put together specifically for high school, Bluestocking Press offers two.

1. Economics Course for High School Students
2. Economics and Nature of Government for High School Students

Both contain some of the same books that are in the middle school kit, so you will want to decide which age level you’d most like to purchase and then purchase only that set. On the other hand, all of the books contained in the sets are available individually for those who would prefer to simply go through one or two books.

Loving this!


Capitalism for Kids (by Cindy West, March 4, 2011, The Curriculum Choice, http://thecurriculumchoice.com)
"Capitalism for Kids is subtitled Growing Up to Be Your Own Boss. With a little more depth and a different range of topics, this book continues on the same theme as Common Sense Business for Kids.

Chapters focus on such topics as evaluating what sort of business best suits the child's interests and talents, capitalism vs. communism and socialism, family businesses, investing time and money, gaining education and experience, and even such things as laws and licenses.

Again, I really like the common sense writing that isn't too wordy or philosophical. Quite simply it's written to kids for them to read themselves."

Capitalism for Kids (by Richard J. Maybury, author of the “Uncle Eric” series of books)
“Capitalism for Kids” is an outstanding introduction to entrepreneurship. Author Karl Hess stresses how a person can earn a profit in business while maintaining the highest possible standards of honesty and integrity. He provides a self-test to determine how enterprising the reader really is. His excellent chapter on ‘Capitalism and Other Isms’ clearly defines capitalism, democratic socialism, socialism, and communism. Although written with young people in mind, many adults will benefit by reading “Capitalism for Kids” as well. I highly recommend this book.

Capitalism for Kids (by Mary Pride, The Teaching Home)
...definitely the best book I have ever seen directed to children on the theory of how to go into business for yourself... this book is really absorbing reading.

Capitalism for Kids (by Douglas Casey, author of “Investing In Crisis”)
I don’t want to just half-heartedly recommend this book among thousands of others out there that are worth reading. I want to urge you, as strongly and sincerely as possible, to buy it and read it first for yourself. Only then give it to a kid you like. Karl’s book crystallizes thoughts that most people have had, but haven’t thought out fully. It washes away the foundations upon which fears and guilt are constructed over a lifetime; it replaces them with ideas you always believed in intuitively but weren’t quite sure how to defend. This book is really great. Make sure it is available to your kids and yourself.


The Clipper Ship Strategy: For Sucess in Your Career, Business and Investments (by William P. Snavely, Emeritus Professor of Economics, George Mason University)
Richard Maybury’s new book, ‘The Clipper Ship Strategy,” is an outstanding addition to his series dealing with the subjects of economics, law, politics, business and freedom. His extraordinary ability to present complex subjects in simple, common-sense terms, spiced with humor and fascinating examples, makes this book and the others in the series must reading for both the young and adults, alike. In fact, the entire series should be a required, integral, component of the social studies curriculum in all public and private schools. This would bring a quantum leap upward in the quality of citizenship in this country in a single generation.

The Clipper Ship Strategy: For Sucess in Your Career, Business and Investments (by Cathy Duffy, Author, “Christian Home Educators’ Curriculum Manual”)
While Maybury’s ‘lessons’ are valuable for everyone, I especially recommend this book to potential entrepreneurs and businessmen. I would make it required reading for them if I could. (Those who might be employees can also find out how to select a career and/or company to work for that is likely to remain economically healthy!)

The Clipper Ship Strategy: For Sucess in Your Career, Business and Investments (by Barry Conner, President, The Home Place, Inc.)
I use it [the clipper ship strategy] in my business and investments. It works great!


Common Sense Business for Kids (by Cindy West, The Curriculum Choice, http://thecurriculumchoice.com)
"'Common Sense Business for Kids' is 17 chapters, but only 62 pages of just what it says - common sense. Students learn the ins and outs of what it takes to successfully run a business - things like operating costs, markets, needs vs. wants, changing with the times, keeping inventory, employees and salesmanship.

Since each chapter is only a few pages, the info is not in depth, but instead very to-the-point. I find that extremely refreshing, and I have a feeling your kids will, too!"

Common Sense Business for Kids (by Cathy Duffy, Cathy Duffy Reviews, cathyduffyreviews.com)

"Common Sense Business for Kids could just as easily be marketed as a business primer for adults. ...

Children might read it at whatever point they think they want to start their own business. I suspect that ambitious teens would be the ideal audience, eager to learn and with enough life experience to understand the stories and illustrations. Adults thinking of starting their own business might find this a useful reality check before they commit to a venture. Even though written for kids, it's not juvenile or dumbed down -- just straightforward and basic."
For full review, please visit: cathyduffyreviews.com/economics/common-sense-business-for-kids.htm


Evaluating Books: What Would Thomas Jefferson Think About This? (by Martha Robinson, Reviewer for HomeschoolChristian.com)
“Evaluating Books” will be an eye-opener for most homeschooling parents. Written in an easy-to-follow format, parents will become much more aware of the slant of many texts and will be able to teach their children to be even more discerning. Christian parents should be particularly interested in Mr. Maybury's ideas as he strongly advocates return to laws of a higher power rather than government laws.


The Money Mystery: The Hidden Force Affecting Your Career, Business and Investments (by Martha Robinson, Reviewer for HomeschoolChristian.com)
While this volume of the “Uncle Eric” series is a bit shorter and more specialized, it is an important component to the economic success model that Mr. Maybury is teaching. Mr. Maybury's historically-supported predictions are bound to shake business owners and anyone with investments.

The Money Mystery: The Hidden Force Affecting Your Career, Business and Investments (by William P. Snavely, Emeritus Professor of Economics, George Mason University)
“The Money Mystery” by Richard J. Maybury is an important addition to his Uncle Eric series of books about economics, law, politics, and liberty. Mr. Maybury presents the complex subject of velocity in clear and concise terms, using fascinating examples from history, making this book, as well as others in the series, must reading for both young persons and adults. The entire series should be a required, integral component of the social studies curriculum in all public and private schools.


Uncle Eric Talks About Personal, Career and Financial Security (by Martha Robinson, Reviewer for HomeschoolChristian.com)
Homeschooling parents and children can gain much from the wisdom of Mr. Maybury. “Uncle Eric Talks About Personal, Career, and Financial Security” will help young people get started on a more prosperous life, and it will help their parents see where improvements can be made in their own lives. This outstanding book is just a starting point for study with its many recommended additional resources. Begin with it and move through the Uncle Eric series for a complete four year, high school study of economics, government, business, 'life skills,' and current events.

Uncle Eric Talks About Personal, Career and Financial Security (by Dr. Arthur B. Robinson, President and Research Professor, Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, commenting on the previous edition of “Uncle Eric Talks About Personal, Career, and Financial Security”)
“Uncle Eric Talks About Personal, Career, and Financial Security” by Richard J. Maybury, and all of Maybury’s Uncle Eric series of books on economics, geopolitics, justice, and history...are excellent educational experiences for both children and adults. Just the discussion of the role of ‘models’ in the functioning of the human mind [in] the first book is worth the whole set. While this discussion is not about science, it describes perfectly the functioning of the minds of good scientists. They do not memorize facts against their models – revising the models and checking the facts as they proceed.


Whatever Happened to Justice? (by Karl Hess, author, Capitalism for Kids, former U.S. Presidential speechwriter, former Associate Editor of Newsweek)
We are drowning in an ocean of crazy laws and litigation. This book is a life preserver, a reminder of the fundamental rules which are needed for a free society.

Whatever Happened to Justice? (by Cathy Duffy, author, Christian Home Educators' Curriculum Manual)
The author of “Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?” has done even better with “Whatever Happened to Justice?” Maybury has a gift for translating what sounds like tedious information into very personalized examples. He follows the “Penny Candy” format, where Uncle Eric is writing...to Chris. Each letter is reasonably brief, so students will not be overwhelmed with too much information at once. Use this book as a supplement to American history or government studies. It will not take much time to read through, although it might generate lengthy discussions. No matter what else you use, this book is a must! Highly recommended for reading and discussion.

Whatever Happened to Justice? (by William E. Simon former, U.S. Treasury Secretary)
Maybury challenges the reader to explore the inextricable connections between law and economics, and between economic and political liberty. I can think of no more important subject, and I highly recommend this lucid and thoughtful volume.

Whatever Happened to Justice? (by John Taylor Gatto, former New York State Teacher of the Year)
There is a naked clarity to Maybury’s thought that washes over the reader like cleansing rain. His examination of the dynamics of common law is brilliant. As a teacher for all ages, Mr. Maybury is a virtuoso. Bravo!

Whatever Happened to Justice? (by William P. Snavely, Professor Emeritus of Economics, George Mason University)
Richard Maybury’s “Whatever Happened to Justice?” should be required reading for all who hold or aspire to hold public office, as well as for all members of the judicial system. It is a fitting companion volume to his earlier “Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?”

Whatever Happened to Justice? (by Ron Paul, member of U.S. Congress)
If our economic and political downfall is to be avoided, we must expose an entire generation of Americans to the ideas found in this wonderful book.

Whatever Happened to Justice? (by Gerald Schomp, former editor, “World Market Perspective”)
Maybury is right. Our insane legal system is destroying our ability to tell right from wrong. It's ruining our families, our businesses, careers, and investments. We must return to rational law, and soon. Maybury shows the way, and offers specific how-to instructions that will be a great help in every part of our lives from boardroom to schoolroom to nursery


Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? (by Cindy West, March 4, 2011, The Curriculum Choice, http://thecurriculumchoice.com)
I have been searching for an economics course that would be suitable for middle school students. Much to my pleasure, I found exactly what I was looking for in Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship for Middle School Students by Bluestocking Press!

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? was recommended to me over and over, which was what originally led me to the Bluestocking Press site. I was overjoyed to find an entire curriculum set for middle school students that included not only the book I was looking for, but three others!

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? is a simply written book of 15 chapters that helps students (and adults like me) understand the basics of the economics system in the United States. Not only that, but it incorporates history and current events in as well.

In real terms that aren’t weighty and hard-to-grasp, your children will finish this book with more information than I was ever taught (even in college) about such things as wages, inflation, recessions, federal debt, and so much more. Even better, there’s a common-sense sort of humor to the book that kept me chuckling all the way through.

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? (by William E. Simon, Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury)
Must reading for anyone who wishes to understand the basics of our free enterprise system.

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? (by Douglas Casey, Author “Crisis Investing” and “Strategic Investing”)
Probably the best short course in economics around... Buy a dozen and give them to friends. This is a great book!

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? (by Barbara Brabec, Editor “National Home Business Report”)
You’ll be looking for someone to share it with as soon as you’ve finished it.

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? (by Karl Hess, Author “Capitalism for Kids”)
This one slim volume can and should replace at least one full shelf of weighty tomes.

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? (by John Taylor Gatto, New York State Teacher of the Year)
A brilliant book.

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? (by School Library Journal)
The book is excellent... There is a definite need for material about this difficult subject, and this book should be added to all collections serving middle- and intermediate-grade readers.

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? (by PTA Today)
This book has been endorsed by educators, authors, and government officials for its unique contribution to the education of consumers from childhood to adulthood.

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? (by Mary Pride, Author)
Highly recommended.


World War I: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today (by Jim Cox, Author, “The Concise Guide to Economics,” Associate Professor Georgia Perimeter College)
Richard Maybury is a great author! In his two-volume world war series, “World War II” along with the companion volume “World War I,” Maybury will give you a new perspective on wars and history, filled with facts of interest rarely mentioned elsewhere. “Uncle Eric” writes succinctly and in a way to be understood. Highly, highly recommended!


World War II: The Rest of the Story & How It Affects You Today (by Harry Browne)
The best book I’ve read on World War II. It provides genuinely original insights on why the U.S. didn’t need to become involved, and destroys many myths that persist about the war. Maybury ties the misunderstandings about World War II to the misunderstanding about today’s U.S. foreign policy. I also strongly recommend his books “World War I” and “Whatever Happened to Justice?”

World War II: The Rest of the Story & How It Affects You Today (by Jim Cox, Author, “The Concise Guide to Economics,” Associate Professor Georgia Perimeter College)
Richard Maybury is a great author! In his two-volume world war series, “World War II” along with the companion volume “World War I,” Maybury will give you a new perspective on wars and history, filled with facts of interest rarely mentioned elsewhere. “Uncle Eric” writes succinctly and in a way to be understood. Highly, highly recommended!

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