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Additional information on "Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? A fast, clear, and fun explanation of the economics you need for success in your career, business, and investments, 6th edition" by Richard J. Maybury
In Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? Richard Maybury uses historical events from Ancient Rome to explain economic principles. This clearly written book about economics is a remarkably easy and fun explanation of investment cycles, velocity, business cycles, recessions, inflation, the demand for money and more. Essential for every student, businessperson and investor. Recommended by former U.S. Treasury Secretary William Simon. It is also on many recommended reading lists. (See review comments)
Using the epistolary style of writing (using letters to tell a story), Mr. Maybury plays the part of an economist (Uncle Eric) writing a series of letters to his niece or nephew (Chris). Using stories and examples, Mr. Maybury gives interesting and clear explanations of topics that are generally thought to be too difficult for anyone but experts.
Mr. Maybury warns, "beware of anyone who tells you a topic is above you or better left to experts. Many people are twice as smart as they think they are, but they've been intimidated into believing some topics are above them. You can understand almost anything if it is explained well."
Paperback. 159 pages, quality paper, 8.5 x 5.5 inches.
Reading level: Ages 13 through Adult. Though some of our readers will introduce the book to their children as young as 9 years of age.
Course Uses: Can be used for courses in Economics, Business, Finance, Government and Ancient Rome.
Corresponding student study guide: A Bluestocking Guide: Economics
Series Information: Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? is part of the 11 book series: Uncle Eric's Model of How The World Works.
To see some of the changes/updates from the 5th edition to the 6th edition, please click here.
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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."
"Must reading for anyone who wishes to understand the basics of our free enterprise system." — William E. Simon, Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
"Probably the best short course in economics around... Buy a dozen and give them to friends. This is a great book!" — Douglas Casey, Author Crisis Investing and Strategic Investing
"You'll be looking for someone to share it with as soon as you've finished it." — Barbara Brabec, Editor National Home Business Report
"This one slim volume can and should replace at least one full shelf of weighty tomes." — by Karl Hess, Author Capitalism for Kids
"A brilliant book." — John Taylor Gatto, New York State Teacher of the Year
"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." — School Library Journal
"This book has been endorsed by educators, authors, and government officials for its unique contribution to the education of consumers from childhood to adulthood." — PTA Today
"Highly recommended." — Mary Pride, Author
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Great book for children to learn the history of economics. We had a home school group ages 6th grade to 11th. Even for adults there is something new to learn. He has a great way of putting it so the kids can learn and get it.
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Must reading for anyone who wishes to understand the basics of our free enterprise system.
(William E. Simon, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury)
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