It's Not What You've Got! - Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Planting first seeds for kids about using money wisely.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how to approach the topic of money -- earning, spending, saving, and giving -- in responsible, affirming ways. It's Not What You've Got! also helps kids learn vocabulary words, phrases, and concepts related to finances, work, and goal setting, such as "live within your means" and "abundance," as well as the basics of how to create a vision board. This book encourages kids to make wise decisions with money and explains why jealousy is an emotion to guard against to avoid bad financial decisions. The simple truisms in It's Not What You've Got! can help set kids on the path of wise financial choices.

Ease of Play

Typical of most Oceanhouse Media book apps, there are three easy-to-use modes: Auto Play (kids aren't required to do anything but sit back and listen); Read to Me (listener must flip pages); and Read It Myself (kids who can read to without voice-over).

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A button on the main page will lead you to a landing page for purchasing other apps by this developer. If the News setting is turned on, advertising for other apps from the publisher may show up as pop-up screens when the app has just been started.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that It's Not What You've Got! - Dr. Wayne W. Dyer teaches kids about how to positively use and earn money in a practical, kid-friendly way with colorful, happy illustrations. Written and read by personal growth guru and dad Dr. Wayne Dyer, this storybook teaches kids lessons like "Money Does Not Create Happiness" and "Every Job Is Important." The end of the book contains tips on how kids can use affirmations as they develop a healthy relationship with money.

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What's it about?

Kids choose from Read to Me (listener must flip pages), Read It Myself (for kids who can read without voice-over) or Auto Play. Words are highlighted in red as they are read and the story in It's Not What You've Got! rhymes. At the end of the story, kids get thoughtful questions about money and work, as well as positive affirmations.

Is it any good?

IT'S NOT WHAT YOU'VE GOT! is the right length of book to start kids thinking about money in their lives without overwhelming them or making them think that money is an "adults only" topic. Kids expect interactivity, so this book would easily be a five-star app with just a few more interactive elements added: How about a quiz added to the end to see what kids have learned? Or a page for kids to draw their own vision board within the book after that topic is discussed?

Although there is, of course, talk about purchasing and having things -- in other words, being a consumer -- it's all framed in healthy messages, like only buy things you have the money to buy, some of the best things in life don't cost money, and don't be jealous of what others have. Overall the app is a great primer on money management and attitudes for elementary school-age kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Read the questions at the end of the story to your kid and answer them yourself, too. Discuss together.

  • Help your kid create a vision board for a goal they've set for themselves.

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