The Bridge of the Golden Wood

A Parable on How to Earn a Living

More than 20,000 downloads--the go-to resource for the budding/aspiring entrepreneur (and families).

“5 stars. A clever storyteller … colorfully illustrated. … A very educational resource.” - Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite.

"Encourages kids how to think for themselves … while also thinking of others." – Rayleigh Gray, blogger

(Career ideas, business) “Masterful … An immensely appealing book because of its readable style … and its realistic but soft Asian-style illustrations.” – Crystie Cook, poet.
Selected by the State of Vermont for financial literacy curriculum. A child with a knack for solving problems helps some hungry fish and finds a treasurer. Illustrated folk tale teaches how to spot opportunities to help others and make money; comes with ideas for businesses; job ideas, money-making activities; and online resources on finding customers, managing money, career success, and moving up in an organization (for kids ages 4 and up). Young children will be captivated by the story; older ones will want to apply the things they learn. Teach someone to fish. This how-to book on the value of work bridges the gap between what kids learn in school about jobs, small business, finance, economics, and what they should know (how to serve others). 530 words in dyslexic-friendly font by former Silicon Valley recruiter and award-winning author Karl Beckstrand (Mini-mysteries for Minors [multicultural/bilingual series]), illustrations by Yaniv Cahoua and Karl Beckstrand. (See inside, BELOW! SEE earning ideas HERE.)

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Asian characters, Chinese boy, red panda, 26-page, 8.5"x 8.5" perfect bound business picture book (hard cover or soft cover and ebook), Premio Publishing & Gozo Books Sept. 2017 (see online resources, worldwide rights © July 2017) PremioBooks.com, Amazon/Kindle, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble/Nook, Brodart, Finance, EBSCO, Flipkart, Follett, iBooks, Ingram, Inktera, Kobo, Mackin, OverDrive, Oyster, SCRIBD, txtr, and select retailers. LCCN: 2016949820, JUV009090, JUV006000, JUV012060, JUV039220, JUV030020, JUV063000, BUS025000, BUS012010, BUS060000, BUS019000, BUS075000, BUS048000, BUS029000, paper ISBN: 978-1536889864, hard cover ISBN: 978-0985398811. Nothing herein is intended to be investment, employment, or legal advice.

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“A great way to introduce the value of serving others and how those efforts lead to a return on the investment. I especially enjoyed the suggested activities after the story. Whether you want to help children learn the importance of inspired service, become entrepreneurs, or just value work, ‘The Bridge’ is a fun illustrated children's book you will want to read to the children in your life.” - Spencer Harden, media strategist

“Very well put together. Love the thought-provoking ideas at the end with examples. Great Book!” - Alan Lew

“The Bridge of the Golden Wood encourages kids how to think for themselves … while also thinking of others. … The illustrations throughout the book are absolutely lovely and bring to life the story of the boy in a peacefully enchanting way. The story is fast-paced and would do well for children with short attention spans but is also fulfilling enough for children who are a bit older. The extra activities and money-making ideas at the end of the book are also nice touches to get kids motivated to be like the boy in the story, and help them use their imaginations.” – Rayleigh Gray, blogger

"Masterful … An immensely appealing book because of its readable style … and its realistic but soft Asian-style illustrations by Israeli artist Yaniv Cahoua. The main character is a little boy who is enterprising and creative by nature. He has his own tools and a rope that is also perfect for swinging over a clean, inviting river. An old woman sitting by a river. … He asks what she is looking at, and she replies, "Trouble and treasure." … the rest of the book enlarges on what the boy does with something that is trouble for the fish. … Because it is a parable … there is also an element of mystery surrounding the old woman. The boy discovers that providing a service for the fish also turns into a service for another human being, and … support for his family. Young children will appreciate this book. I especially liked Yaniv Cahoua's fur textures on the animals and the realistic details of the old woman's friendly face. … Beckstrand's writing is very comprehensible and age-appropriate. He also includes more ideas on how even children can discover their talents and abilities and think about business principles at the same time.” – Crystie Cook, poet

“The only word that comes to mind after reading this is brilliant! Beckstrand weaves a fable rich with subtext yet delightful for the youngest reader. The illustrations are gorgeous watercolor paintings with an Asian flair. The words, while simple to read (thanks to dyslexic-friendly font), convey themes of kindness, adventure, trying something new, helping others, making money, and spotting opportunities. It reminded me of Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel. Geared for readers five and up, adults will enjoy reading this business fable. I highly recommend this diverse book and can’t wait to read more from this prolific author.” Mrs. N.N. Light

Entertaining and educative at the same time … a great idea to teach children how to earn money. I remember when I was young, and even just barely married, how much stress I had trying to find ideas of how to make extra money for our small family. In this book, you will find great ideas … children need to get into an entrepreneurial mindset. It will help you to teach your children the value of money and hard work. It will also guide your children to ask more questions and start thinking in a more down to earth manner. … I think that it will be a great fit for all kids from a young age to adults alike. Great job, Karl Beckstrand.” -  Anna del C. Dye, author/blogger

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