Rohan and Nyra and Big Sister's Bet

Children - Grade K-3rd
38 Pages
Reviewed on 05/30/2023
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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 Michaela Gordoni for Readers' Favorite

In Rohan and Nyra and Big Sister’s Bet, by Anthony C. Delauney, Rohan’s big sister Nyra teaches him an important lesson about finances. Nyra bets Rohan that she will give him a dollar every time he catches the football she throws to him, but she has one condition—if he drops the ball, he loses all the money. Rohan begins to catch the ball again and again. With each catch, he imagines the treasures and trinkets he can buy with the money he is earning. But should he stop catching the ball or keep going? Is it worth the risk of dropping it and losing all the money he has built up for himself?

Rohan and Nyra and Big Sister’s Bet is the third book in the Owning the Dash Kids’ Book financial series. Like in the story, Anthony C. Delauney always gives an example of an activity that parents can copy at home, or he provides one in the book. And once again, he has done an excellent job of telling a semi-long story in a rhyming fashion. The images are also captivating, bright, and colorful. The story teaches children a valuable lesson about gambling and taking risks. He has demonstrated very well how sometimes taking a risk can be a financial investment and an emotional one, too! When you start building up hopes and expectations for something you have no guarantee of getting, it can be a huge disappointment when you don’t get what you were expecting. Sometimes, it just isn’t worth the risk. Overall, Rohan and Nyra and Big Sister’s Bet is an entertaining story that teaches kids a very important lesson.

Joe Wisinski

Rohan and Nyra and Big Sister's Bet by Anthony C. Delauney concerns two siblings who are also good friends. One day Nyra brings home a football for her little brother and they toss it around in the yard. However, Nyra makes a bet with Rohan - she’ll give him a dollar for every pass he catches, but if he drops one he loses all the money. Rohan catches more than two dozen in a row and wants to keep going as he thinks about all the things that he could buy with the money. Then the inevitable happens. By participating in the bet with his sister, Rohan learns a valuable lesson about gambling and greed. This is the third book in the Owning the Dash Kids book series in which Delauney targets children in kindergarten through third grade.

I read Rohan and Nyra and Big Sister's Bet by Anthony C. Delauney with both delight and admiration. The story is not only entertaining, but it also imparts a vital lesson to both children and adults. Because this is a rhyming book it’s fun to read, and the illustrations by Chiara Civati are appealing and fit the text flawlessly. I wish this book had been available when my children were young, and I highly recommend it to children everywhere, along with their parents and grandparents. I’ve now read the first three books in the series and they’re all extremely well done. Delauney shows remarkable insight, not just into children’s behavior, but human nature in general. He also teaches important financial concepts. I also like that Delauney’s books show diverse characters, including people of color and a young girl in a wheelchair. I cannot say enough about how impressed I am with all three books.

Savannah Aldridge

Rohan and Nyra and Big Sister's Bet by Anthony C. Delauney is an addition to the Owning the Dash series of educational children’s books. This story, told in rhyme, begins when young Rohan’s older sister Nyra comes to visit. She brings with her a present - a brand-new football. As the siblings play in the yard, Nyra offers Rohan a bet that their father once made with her. Nyra will give Rohan a dollar every time he can catch the football after she tosses it to him, but if he misses or drops the ball, he will not get any money. Thinking of the new watch he wants to buy and his skill at catching, Rohan agrees and the bet is on. At first, Rohan succeeds in earning the amount of money that will get him what he wants, but he decides to push a little further. Unfortunately, he fumbles the ball and the game is over. Through this disappointment, Nyra gently teaches Rohan about greed and human limitations. In the end, Rohan is grateful for the important yet difficult lesson and resumes playing with Nyra.

Rohan and Nyra and Big Sister's Bet is a fantastic way for children to comprehend the difference between reaching for the stars and being greedy. Through Anthony C. Delauney’s storytelling and Chiara Civati’s beautiful illustrations, we see a healthy and loving relationship between siblings. I appreciated how we see all the steps between Rohan’s motivation and hard work and how it turns into greed as he pushes himself once he was tired and already had what he needed to get what he wanted. Throughout the series, I have loved seeing the diversity among the characters, whose different appearances match the real world. This story features Nyra using a wheelchair without her disability being a plot point in the story, which is a great way for children to see someone like themselves, their loved ones, and other members of their shared world in a book.

Pikasho Deka

Rohan and Nyra and Big Sister's Bet is a picture book for children by Anthony C. Delauney. It's the weekend, and Rohan eagerly waits for his big sister Nyra to come home. Once she arrives, Rohan is overjoyed that she brought him a football to play with. The two siblings go to the front yard to play catch when Nyra proposes a bet. For every catch Rohan makes, he will get one dollar, and he can keep going as long as he wants. But if the ball drops before the game ends, he loses all the money. Never been one to refuse a challenge, Rohan agrees to the bet and starts playing. With each catch, he earns more money and dreams of even bigger things to buy. But with his arms and legs tiring, will Rohan realize when to stop?

Rohan and Nyra and Big Sister's Bet is an entertaining picture book with a gentle message about greed. Sometimes, we don't realize how good things are, and while trying to attain more, we forget about the things we already have. Anthony C. Delauney integrates this concept in simple words through this wholesome storybook about two siblings. The characters are colorful and brought to life with some vibrant illustrations by Chiara Civati. Rohan is an adorable child, and Nyra is the perfect big sister. Young readers will find these two relatable and see parts of themselves in these characters. Overall, a fun-filled tale with eye-catching artwork and a message to remember. Recommended to kids under the age of 10.

Nino Lobiladze

Rohan was waiting for his big sister Nyra to arrive, looking out the window impatiently. When Nyra finally came, she brought her little brother a gift - a football. Nyra invited Rohan to make a couple of throws in the yard. Rohan agreed. Then Nyra offered Rohan a bet - she would pay him a dollar for every catch, but in the event of his dropping the ball, he would lose all his earnings. Rohan excitedly agreed, hoping to buy a toy watch he had dreamed about. They started to play, and Rohan caught the ball many times in a row. But with every successful catch, he wanted more. Rohan and Nyra and Big Sister’s Bet by Anthony C. Delauney is a cautionary tale for children from four to eight years of age.

Rohan and Nyra and Big Sister’s Bet is written in rhyme and beautifully illustrated by the talented Chiara Civati. The vibrant illustrations depict Nyra in a wheelchair, although she is active and maintains a positive attitude. This message will support and encourage young readers with special needs, their friends, and caregivers. In Rohan and Nyra and Big Sister’s Bet, Anthony C. Delauney gives children valuable advice in a friendly, non-moralistic way. He asks his young readers how far they are ready to go to get what they want and if risking everything they earned is worth it. I appreciated that the author presented the complex and significant topic of gambling in a manner that was easy to grasp, even for four-year-olds. The book remains kind and understanding, explaining to children that greediness will only bring them disappointment and remorse.