What Children’s Literature Teaches Us About Money: Betty Smith’s ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’
Nicole Dieker

I have my great-grandmother’s copy and have treasured it since I was young. I love this story so much I don’t know where to begin, except that it’s providing me with a lot of perspective right now when I’m grumbling about how much it’s costing me to furnish my new house. When my grandpa, born in the middle of the depression, asks me what’s wrong with the kitchen cabinets that I need to replace them, and how hollow it sounds for me to say out loud “because I don’t like them.” Perspective.

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