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The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn a Living

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(Career/Business) #1 in 3 Amazon categories. Selected for Vermont’s elementary school financial literacy curriculum. “5 stars. A clever storyteller. … A very educational resource.” - Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite. A child with a knack for solving problems helps some hungry fish and finds a treasure. Illustrated Asian folk tale teaches the value of work and includ ...more
Hardcover, 26 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Premio Publishing
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A boy is walking through the forest and spots an old woman sitting near the river. She looks perplexed and so the helpful boy offers his assistance. A folk tale teaching young and old the value of helping others, spotting an opportunity and making money.



The only word that comes to mind after reading this is brilliant! Beckstrand weaves a fable rich with subtext yet delightful for the youngest reader. The illustrations are gorgeous watercolor paintings with an Asian flair. The words, while simple
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Wayne McCoy
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
'The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn a Living' by Karl Beckstrand with illustrations by Yaniv Cahoua is a story to spark imagination and innovation in young minds.

A child walking in the woods runs into some fish who are stuck. He finds a way to help the fish, and it turns into a chance to make some money.

The story gently teaches the story. The boy helps the fish, and ends up providing a service. There are additional activities in the back of the book to reinforce the lessons
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Ryan
Jun 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Kim Kirkham
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book. I found it to be quite insightful. This book will help open children's minds to their entrepreneurial spirit. I think I will also share it with some of my entrepreneur friends. The will LOVE this for their children!
Reshov
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn Money
By Karl Beckstrand
Genre:Children Illustrations, Entrepreneurial



Short and simple, yet effective.

Karl Beckstrand has presented us with a small illustrated story of a very young boy that finds his first step into the world of entrepreneurship. Although the story is small and not complex like most B-school directives, it is very effective, especially for the age group of five and above that is the target group.

Through a series of well
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Anna del C. Dye
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn Money is entertaining and educative at the same time. The story of a kids who help a fish, is a great idea to teach children how to earn money. I remember when I was young, and even just barely married, how much stress I had trying to find ideas of how to make extra money for our small family.
In this book, you will find great ideas and all your children need to get into an entrepreneurial mindset. It will help you to teach your children the
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Emily-Jane Orford
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
In this fast-paced world of trinkets and high tech toys, it is so easy to get caught up with the newest and latest toy, discarding the old toys with random abandon. There is a growing need to take a step back and visualize what’s really important in life and how to create useful objects out of nothing. For one little boy, his ability to make ingenious and useful objects out of discarded things defined him as being very resourceful. In fact, it became a way in which he could earn a little bit of ...more
Rajalakshmi Prithviraj
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is Karl's second book that I am reading, the first one being Muffy and Valor: A True Story. This story is completely different from the earlier one.

The story revolves around the values of hardwork, industry, initiative and confidence. In fact, this story is a great start to encourage children to learn the art of earning. By the way, if you want to know more about what exactly the story has in store, then read the book.

Karl never ceases to amaze me. The simplicity with which he puts across c
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QueenJ Reads
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm all about anything that would help teach children how to learn anything by more efficient means, especially when it concerns both reading and the management and earning of money. So I was very excited to read this parable on how to earn money because this world is just downright crazy. You can't depend on any one thing. You have to have something of your own concerning the building of wealth in order to develop and sustain a future. Just as important, learning this should start as early as p ...more
Lilly Charysma
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ok, I’m starting to love these children books and I don’t even have my own yet. This is my second book by Karl Beckstrand and I have not been let down yet. However, I believe “The Bridge of the Golden Wood” is not suitable for young ages, as 3-5 year olds may not fully understand the concept of money and where it comes from.

With this in mind, we have yet another great and wise story about a boy who, after freeing the fish from the river, uses the branches to build a bridge and help an old lady p
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Angie Mangino
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Bridge of the Golden Wood
By Karl Beckstrand
2017
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 4 stars

In this “parable on how to earn money” for children, the author tells a story of a boy who finds a problem and in helping others discovers an opportunity to profit from his work solving the difficulty. The illustrations and short story give a strong message quite simply and effectively.

At the story’s end the author asks two questions:

What did the boy do that helped him to find the treasure?

How might you f
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Lilly Charysma
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I’m starting to love these children books and I don’t even have my own yet. This is my second book by Karl Beckstrand and I have not been let down yet. However, I believe “The Bridge of the Golden Wood” is not suitable for young ages, as 3-5 year olds may not fully understand the concept of money and where it comes from.

With this in mind, we have yet another great and wise story about a boy who, after freeing the fish from the river, uses the branches to build a bridge and help an old lady p
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Renee Delcourt
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any family with children
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Barbara Ann
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This short picture book is an interesting tale about a young boy who is given a choice by an old woman. The reader is introduced to a young Asian boy who likes to make things and always carries tools with him. One day he is walking along a stream near his home when he comes across an old woman sitting on its banks. She appears to be staring at a pile of branches piled against the rocks in the stream. She informs the boy that these objects are both “trouble and treasure.” They are trouble for the ...more
Karisa
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rating:
★★★★★ = I loved this book and would reread it to my children in the future.

Genre:
Childrens books

Plot:
A young boy learns a valuable lesson from an old woman he meets during his adventures

Pros:
1.) Well illustrated
2.) A good read for kids of all ages
3.) The length of the book is good for children with short attention spans.
4.) Children can learn from this book, not just look at pictures.


Cons:
1.) It is short. This is a good thing for fidgety children, not so much a good thing for older ones.
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Teresa
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once there was a boy who liked to make things is how this wonderful book starts out. The young boy meets an old lady at the stream he was playing in. She was staring at the water which was blocked by branches. She told the boy that this could be treasure or trouble. Trouble because the fish could not get through to food and treasure because the boy could do something with the wood. The boy thinks about and decides to help the fish. In doing so he turns the wood into treasure by his bundle of sti ...more
Lee
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I like this book. It's a very good parable with a lot of wisdom to impart. The illustrations are colorful and realistic, and I quickly got caught up in the story. It shows a good bit of industriousness on the part of the boy in the story. I like the setting in the woods, and how events center on nature. I think it makes it easy to relate to the resources around us as possible sources of income. When the boy happens upon this golden opportunity, he seizes it, and his whole family benefits from th ...more
Tia Schmidt
Apr 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t even know what that was

That was the weirdest children’s book I have ever read in my entire life. I would never recommend that to any parents or children around me. The illustrations were beautiful and the story itself was relatively cute, but the explanation of business and making money at the end made me SO uncomfortable. Yes, the boy works hard and makes money, but being a child isn’t ALL about making money and the idea wasn’t even technically his own. The whole thing just made me feel
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qazwiz
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kids need this info

as we dumb down our educational system each new generation is becoming dependant on others, this book not only illustrates how a kid can earn money but also subtly points out Yes We CAN.

The missing star is due to missing substance in the story. The picture book story is mystical thus suggesting the subject is fantasy. Then the "suggestions" section is just text which may turn away the audience expecting a picture book.

Final section, which appears to be half the book (accordi
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Magy
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
A resourceful boy who loves to make things meets an old woman near a stream. The old woman points out a problem fish are having: old sticks piled up in the river are not allowing the fish to get upstream to eat. But, she also tells the boy that the sticks are treasure and worth as much as gold. Though the woman disappears before the boy understands, he decided to help the fish anyway and clear the sticks. As he finishes, the boy discovers how those sticks are as valuable as gold.

The Bridge of th
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Dawn
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Bridge of the Golden Wood is short but a good story with delightful and colorful illustrations. It’s good as just a story but older children might want to use the ideas to spot opportunities that they might otherwise have overlooked. The last three pages have ideas for earning money, working for others, or even working for yourself. It has examples and tips and of course su
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Marichus Real
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
The book reminds me of the legends I read when I was a little kid. Legends always with a message to learn. Be hard-worker and you’ll receive a reward. That’s what happens to the boy in this story.
At the end of the story, there are some pieces of advice which were very difficult to read because the size of the letters was very small. They are very good to encourage children to do some works. However, I think there is a big gap between the age of the children reading the book and the age of the ch
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Sunnie
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book by Karl Beckstrand is geared for children about age 5 and up. It is designed to help children learn about the value of work in their lives and how by working, you will receive a treasure in return. I felt this was an especially good concept for children to learn. There are some additional online resources and ideas for work that might help bring them a bit of treasure.
I think children with like this parable of learning how to do service for others.

I enjoyed the writing and the colorfu
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T. Beasley
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Bridge of the Golden Wood tells the story of a boy who meets an older woman who teaches him the value of making money by using a talent. This is an educational book for children to learn about values, finance and responsibility. It provides not only a story, but also exercises and examples at the end, which relate to the activities the boy encounters in the book.

My favorite thing about this book is that it is a teaching book and leaves the reader with an interactive component. The illustrati
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Carolyn Wilhelm
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a gentle lesson for children thoughtfully notice the wider world around them and use their thinking abilities to form new ideas and make their own opportunities in life. This is especially good for economics lessons in the primary grades. There are few resources at that level and we often do not teach children about the importance of making and saving money until their economic ideas have already formed. The author has free curriculum to support the book for teachers. At the end of the K ...more
La La
I liked the story and my only real problem was that is was too short. Ha ha. I read that the book was written to promote entrepreneurship in children (it comes with links to tutorials and activities), but I honestly don't think it does that very well, but as an enjoyable little story with a moral it does just fine. The illustrations are pleasant, but nothing special. It is so short I warn against paying more than 99¢ for the ebook.

The ebook is free right now.
Holly Lenz
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bridge of the Golden Wood is a cute picture book with an inspiring message for young readers and lovely illustrations. After the story the book includes some helpful ideas which may be too old for the kids who would read or listen to the book, but the idea is to inspire, and it does that.

I'd reccomend this book for a large color screen or in print. It was hard to read on my black and white kindle ereader.
giftedteacher
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This beautifully illustrated book has several important messages. It shows how helping others can also help oneself, and that ingenuity is rewarded. Many discoveries were accidentally found, as is true in this instance. I especially like that the story encourages children to become problem-solvers.

I received a free electronic copy of this book from the pubisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Vanessah
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a great little book for little kids! The little boy in this story was very determined and kind. It's a very great representation for everyone to follow!

However, I'm thinking the lesson of how to "earn a living" didn't teach us anything. I felt like the lesson could've been presented in a better way. Despite that though, I liked it! The illustrations were also outstanding. I loved it!
Sandra Megyesi-hallas
Excellent little book for children

This is a sweet story written for young children. The soft pictures in the book are lovely and the lesson of a young boy who is able to earn rewards because he chooses to help those in need is a good lesson to learn when young. So many important social skills can be taught in a gentle way when we are raising our children to become useful and kind adults. This is one of those gentle lessons which stay in the mind of your child.
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Compulsive smiler Karl Beckstrand is the award-winning and bestselling author/illustrator of 21 multicultural titles and more than 80 e-books (reviews by Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, The Horn Book’s blog, School Library Journal, ForeWord Reviews). Beckstrand earned a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a certificate from Film A. Academy. Formerly a technica ...more