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Reviewed by Eileen Johnson for Readers' Favorite
The prologue to The Money Tree by Helen Yeomans is set in the future “a few years from now” and describes how the Juniperus lucre tree, or the money tree, has become established world-wide. The rest of The Money Tree tells the story about how the Frisby family discovered the tree, nurtured it and finally distributed it. George Frisby is a horticulturist who found an amazing tree on a trip to the Amazon. His wife, Jane, has a magical voice that can soothe the trees and make them do her bidding. Their daughter Daphne, or Daffy, is a bright teenager who wants to save the world and believes that sharing the money tree is a way to do this. Young son Mike is the entrepreneur of the family who believes there are soakers and soakees in the world – and he is determined to be a major soaker.
In The Money Tree, Yeomans has taken a simple idea and made it seem like a very real possibility. The Frisby family is extremely likable despite, or maybe because of, their idiosyncrasies. The dialogue is smart and interesting and provides an insight into how the money world really might work. The descriptions of the money trees are fascinating as the family figures out how to make the trees produce consistently good money that can be used to produce good results. The story line about the problems with the smell of the money kept me laughing – even as the authorities used that problem to find the family. The Money Tree takes an unlikely premise and makes you believe that it is possible.