The Bridge of the Golden Wood
By Karl Beckstrand
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
How might you find treasure in trouble?
In reply to these questions is a paragraph of
explanation for those who may need more clarification. Earning ideas with
examples follow, offering encouragement that education, in any of its many
forms, increases one’s income.
The book concludes with a website link “for
information on finding customers, managing money, and moving up in an
While the book speaks to children, the message it
contains is one that additionally would profit everyone, regardless of their