The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable by @karlbeckstrand #kidlit #business #entrepreneur



Title: The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn a Living

Author: Karl Beckstrand (Author), Yaniv Cahoua (Illustrator)

Genre: Children’s Books, Money and Saving, Business


Book Blurb:

(Entrepreneurship, business) “Masterful … An immensely appealing book because of its readable style … and its realistic but soft Asian-style illustrations.” – Crystie Cook, poet.


A child with a knack for solving problems helps some hungry fish and finds a treasure. Illustrated folk tale teaches how to spot opportunities to help others and make money; comes with ideas for businesses; money-making activities; and online resources on finding customers, managing money, job ideas and moving up in an organization (for ages 5 and up).


Young children will be captivated by the story; older ones will want to apply the things they learn. Teach someone to fish: a how-to book on careers, small business, and learning how to serve/earn money.


530 words in dyslexic-friendly font by award-winning author Karl Beckstrand (Mini-mysteries for Minors [multicultural/bilingual series]), illustrations by Yaniv Cahoua and Karl Beckstrand.


My Review:

A boy is walking through the forest and spots an old woman sitting near the river. She looks perplexed and so the helpful boy offers his assistance. A folk tale teaching young and old the value of helping others, spotting an opportunity and making money.


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.


My Rating:  5 stars


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Author Biography:

Karl Beckstrand is the award-winning and bestselling author of 18 multicultural titles and more than 50 e-books (reviews by Kirkus, The Horn Book blog, School Library Journal, ForeWord Reviews). Beckstrand earned a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a certificate from Film A. Academy. He used to be a technical recruiter in Silicon Valley. Two publishers produced his early picture books (the first died the day they were to print his book!). Since 2004 he has guided Premio Publishing & Gozo Books. An engaging speaker and workshop facilitator, Beckstrand has experience in high tech, public policy, film, and broadcasting. He teaches media at a state college—including TV/radio scripts and Web content—and contrasts traditional publishing with digital book publishing. His Y.A. fiction, short stories, kids’ e-book mysteries, nonfiction/biographies, Spanish & bilingual books (with ESL/ELL pronunciation guides), and wordless books feature characters of color and usually end with a twist. He has lived abroad, been a Spanish/English interpreter, and he enjoys volleyball and kayaking (usually not at the same time). Beckstrand has presented for SUECON (education conference), Taiwan’s Global Leadership for Youth, California’s Capital Book Festival, Utah Educational Library Media Association, Called to Learn conference, Salt Lake City Book Festival, PCI Webinars, Utah Humanities Council, Profnet, Murray City Writer’s Workshop, Utah Housing Coalition, LUW, Midvale City Reading Program, Utah Office of Education, professional groups, and schools. His racially diverse work has appeared in: Amazon, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Border’s Books, Brodart, Costco, Deseret Book, The Children’s Miracle Network, The Congressional Record of the U.S. House of Representatives, Papercrafts Magazine, LDS Film Festival, EBSCO, Follett, iBooks, Kobo, SCRIBD, various broadcasts


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Reviewed by: Mrs. N


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