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Review of <em>Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented</em> by Tanya Lee Stone

ISBN

9781627791687

Publication Date

2018

Publisher

Henry Holt and Company

City

New York City

Disciplines

Early Childhood Education | Library and Information Science | Modern Literature | United States History | Women's History

Keywords

Children's literature, reviews, games, women's history, monopoly

Review

Lizzie Magie is upset with the injustice of the economic system, so she decides to educate people on this unfairness through a game. She spreads the game among her friends and family, but, although she receives a patent for her idea, she can’t get a game company to buy the game. As the game spreads people add things to the game to reflect their own experiences, including a man named Charles Darrow. He revised the game, started selling his version, and then brought it to the Parker Brothers who offered him a contract. Unfortunately, they gave all the credit to Darrow and ignored Lizzie’s claim of ownership of the game. The book has vibrant pictures that definitely help the reader understand the story, as it can get a little complex. It’s a true story, so it is a really great way to introduce nonfiction to children. There are trivia, math problems, and an author’s note giving more details of the story at the back of the book. Recommended. Nicole J Spencer, Centennial Library Intern, Cedarville, Ohio.

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