Michael and Hannah and the Magic Money Tree

Children - Grade K-3rd
38 Pages
Reviewed on 06/06/2023
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Author Biography

Anthony Delauney is a financial advisor, a franchise business owner, and the author of several financial education books in the Owning the Dash series: Applying the Mindset of a Fitness Master to the Art of Family Financial Planning (2019), The No-Regrets Retirement Roadmap (2021), Dash and Nikki and the Jellybean Game (2021), Lilly and May Learn Why Mom and Dad Work (2022), Rohan and Nyra and Big Sister’s Bet (2023), and Michael and Hannah and the Magical Money Tree (forthcoming.)

Anthony has worked in the financial services industry since 2003, helping families develop financial plans that comprehensively address their broad range of goals and dreams, including cash flow management, debt elimination, protection planning, new home purchases, family planning, small business planning, education and retirement planning, investment education, and estate planning. He has acquired the professional certifications of Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner, Chartered Financial Consultant®, Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM, Retirement Income Certified Professional®, and Behavioral Financial Advisor™. He has made it his professional mission to help families make sense of and manage every aspect of their financial lives.

On a personal front, Anthony has been married to his wife, Laura, since 2006, and they have two children, Abbie and Jason. The Delauneys have a deep passion for helping growing families and a strong charitable focus on children’s hospitals.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite

Michael and Hannah and the Magical Money Tree is a children’s book by Anthony C. Delauney. Michael and Hannah are excited about the spring fair and a trip with some neighborhood friends to see the money tree. When they arrive, they see the tree leaves have been replaced with folded dollar bills, and they can’t wait to spend the cash on the items at the fair. There are rules, and if the children aren’t satisfied with the outcome before the last toy is purchased, they are told they may earn their own money by performing a list of chores. Michael notices there aren’t enough items for everyone, and he comes up with a solution he hopes will make his classmates happy.

Anthony C. Delauney has written a lovely children’s book with a beautiful meter! His story teaches a lesson about sharing, hard work, empathy, and friendship. Chiari Civati’s vivid illustrations burst from the page and will surely capture a child’s eye. The story's focus is the lesson learned from hard work, and it is seen in the resolution as the children work together for everyone’s benefit. Educators and librarians may use the book to start a learning path, and they can feel comfortable with the text as Delauney is a financial advisor. Michael and Hannah and the Magical Money Tree is a great book for children old enough to understand chores and their relationship to allowance or money.

Laura Imaz

Michael and Hannah and the Magic Money Tree by Anthony C. Delauney narrates the story of Hannah and her brother Michael, siblings who attend The Spring Fair with their friends. This year, however, in addition to excellent food and amusing acts, the fair featured an exciting new event: a money-making tree. The friends immediately envision all the wonderful things they could buy with such a large sum of money. They initially believe their hopes have come true, but this amicable gang will learn an important life lesson. This picture book is ideal for educating kids about money management in a fun and straightforward manner.

Michael and Hannah and the Magic Money Tree depict Hannah's and Michael's encounter with a miraculous money-making tree. As enticing as an object that generates money for free may be, this duo and their friends quickly learn the vital lesson of money management. Anthony C. Delauney describes how earning what you get, sharing and takings equitably, and regulating spending work. Although it may appear a complicated subject for children, this picture book surprised me with its simple explanations perfectly paired with colorful and well-worked drawings. I would strongly recommend this book to any parent wanting to educate their children on basic financial concepts but unsure how to do it. It won’t disappoint.

Joe Wisinski

Michael and Hannah and the Magic Money Tree by Anthony C. Delauney is about two siblings who attend a spring fair. There is a new attraction at the fair—a money-making tree. The tree has enough money for the siblings and their friends, but it must be spent to buy items at the attraction. The children take the money, but because there are only so many items to buy, some children end up with almost nothing. The children try to think of a way to split the goodies, but there’s no satisfactory answer. However, there is another option: they can return the money and work for cash instead. So they each choose a job, do the work, and learn the lesson that doing work is the best way to ensure everyone gets their fair share. Delauney is a financial advisor who says the book is for kindergarten through third-grade children. Chiara Civati illustrates this fourth book in the Owning the Dash Kids’ Book series.

By writing Michael and Hannah and the Magic Money Tree, Anthony C. Delauney has again presented children with an excellent resource to help them learn an essential aspect of finances. Delauney has the gift of not only knowing what children need to learn about money but presenting the information in an enjoyable, easy-to-understand way. The story is cleverly thought out and presented in rhyme, which adds to the fun of reading for children old enough to read and/or for those reading to younger children. The illustrations by Chiara Civati are beautiful and fit the text perfectly. I also like that the illustrations show children of many ethnicities. This is another book by Delauney that receives my highest possible recommendation to children, their parents, and their grandparents.

Pikasho Deka

What would you do if you had a magic money tree? With all the money in the world, you can buy all the toys you want. But will it make you happy? Hop on for a delightful adventure with Anthony C. Delauney's Michael and Hanah and The Magic Money Tree to find out. The arrival of the Spring Fair has brought an infectious sense of excitement among the kids in the neighborhood, and siblings Michael and Hannah are no different. All the children want to see is the mystical and magical money-making tree. But only eight kids are allowed to see it each day. Michael, Hannah, and their friends arrive early and get a chance to play a game that can give them all the toys in the world. But what about the kids who were left behind?

With another entertaining edition of the award-winning Owning the Dash Kids' Book series, Anthony C. Delauney teaches the value of earning money and giving everyone the equal opportunity to get what they want. Michael and Hannah and The Magic Money Tree is an adventure tale that teaches children about money management. I am impressed by Delauney's ability to seamlessly incorporate valuable lessons into fun adventures that children love to read. In addition, illustrator Chiara Civati's artwork continues to enhance Delauney's stories and make them more engaging for kids. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and if you want to teach kids about money management at a young age, this is the most entertaining way.

Haiqa Munir

Michael and Hannah and the Magic Money Tree by Anthony C. Delaunay is a children's story combining adventure, magic, and valuable financial lessons. Through an exciting story and relatable characters, the author takes young readers on an engaging journey that teaches the importance of responsible money management. The story revolves around siblings Michael and Hannah, who stumble upon a magical tree, and their friends, who grow money. Excitement fills their hearts as they realize the possibilities this unexpected discovery brings. However, their friends started buying everything with their newfound wealth, and with everything sold out in no time, they were left with only cash. They soon realized that jobs are the fairest way to earn money, and free money doesn’t make them efficient.

The writing style is engaging and flows smoothly, keeping young readers captivated from start to finish. The author's approach is accessible and easy to understand, making financial ideas and hard work understandable for young minds. Anthony’s descriptions bring the story's magical elements to life, allowing readers to imagine the magic money tree's world vividly. The illustrations throughout add depth to the story. The author weaves financial wisdom into the narrative, introducing young readers to budgeting, saving, and giving concepts. Anthony C. Delaunay’s storytelling and engaging characters make this book a valuable addition to any child's library. Michael and Hannah and Magic Money are wonderful tools for introducing young readers to important financial concepts in a fun and engaging way.