Let me start off by saying, I love parables. Karl Beckstrand has done a wonderful job and the illustrations by Yaniv Cahoua are gorgeous. The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn Money is a beautiful book on how to be useful and to help others. It is a book on how doing good for others will enrich your life in many ways.
The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn Money, is a fast-paced children's story (ages 5 and up). It's a tale about a child with a knack for solving problems. The child helps some hungry fish and finds a treasure. The story is also full of good reminders for adults, too! Help others. If you see a problem that needs fixed, use your strength and gifts to fix it. Follow your own path and good things will come. Turn hobbies (what you enjoy doing and what you're meant to do) into treasure. Live your best life.
The book is Karl Beckstrands 18th. I love that the author included extra activities and money-making ideas for children at the end of the book (e.g. ideas for businesses and resources on finding customers and managing money).
Beckstrand’s first job out of college was as a technical recruiter in Silicon Valley. “I met a lot of people – some with great ability and egos, some with no ability and great egos, and some with no egos,” he said. “The latter group had the best chances because they were open to learning.”
“Trying new things is a great education,” says Beckstrand – who wanted to be a rock star, not a writer. He worked in fast food, quality assurance, security, delivery and transportation, sales, customer service, hospitality, and human resources before publishing his first book.
“I did get to sing professionally,” he said, “even if our band was basically a wedding band. The point is, by trying lots of things, I learned what I like and developed skills that help in any industry.” He also learned what he didn’t like to do.
After a couple of books through other publishers, Beckstrand now runs a publishing company in Midvale. Premio Publishing specializes in multicultural mysteries and activity books for families. “They’re not about race or ethnicity,” says Beckstrand. “They simply happen to have characters of color.” They have also received awards and raves from national publications like School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Horn Book’s blog, and ForeWord Reviews.
Even after getting a master’s degree in international relations, Beckstrand noted that none of his school courses taught earning or managing money. He says his most valuable education has come from living abroad and visiting other countries.
Beckstrand has included tips he has learned as a business owner in “The Bridge of the Golden Wood,” written in dyslexic-friendly font and available in hard cover and ebook via major distributors, Amazon, and PremioBooks.com.
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