Imagine a sinister creature that sneaks into your house at night and eats the money in your piggy bank. Before you know it, everything costs more and you are not able to buy as many things with it. This creature is real and out there.
In The Tuttle Twins and the Creature from Jekyll Island, the young characters learn all about the truth of this vile creature. This book is a delightful read that will entertain and educate young readers.
The Tuttle Twins and the Creature from Jekyll Island
Author: Connor Boyack
Illustrator: Elijah Stanfield
Paperback: 60 pages
Formats: Paperback, audiobook
It starts out with the Tuttle twins, Ethan and Emily, helping their dad collect honey from their beehive. It is fun work where dad handles the hard stuff for them. The honey is delicious, but the best part is that they get to sell a portion of it at the their local farmers market and county fair. This gives them enough money that they can buy some treats and ride the roller coaster with money that they earned.
When grandpa and grandma come to town, they treat the Tuttle twins to a trip to the movies. That is where Ethan and Emily first hear about the creature from Jekyll Island. As the kids are settling into the movie, Ethan overhears his grandpa complaining about everything costing more than it used to. When he was a kid, movie tickets were only 50 cents. Now it is way more, and Ethan hears that it is all the fault of the creature.
Later that night, Ethan can’t sleep. When he comes downstairs, he hears his parents and grandparents discussing the creature. Dad complains about the creature striking again. Quickly, Ethan rushes upstairs to tell his sister about what he overheard. This is twice in one day he heard grandpa talking about it. Even dad knows and complains about the creature from Jekyll Island.
That night, the Tuttle twins have nightmares about the creature. They envision a giant octopus similar to the one they saw in a movie preview with long tentacles that reach into the county fair, steal money, and raise the prices on everything.
The next day at the fair is full of excitement. Ethan and Emily earn some selling their honey and are excited for riding the roller coaster later. But the thought of the mysterious creature looms heavy on their minds. Finally, the Tuttle twins ask their grandpa all about the creature. They need to know what this creature is and why it steals people’s money.
Grandpa then sits down and explains everything to the Tuttle twins. They learn that the “creature” isn’t an actual creature, but a group of powerful people in government and banking that control the money supply. By manipulating the currency, they can make the prices of things go up or down. This is what creates inflation that slowly steals the value of money over time. People only notice this when they have the same amount of money but the prices rise.
Ethan and Emily learn about what money is, how it is created and used, and how the “creature” created on Jekyll Island years ago manipulates everything. As they learn, so does the reader.
The Tuttle Twins and the Creature from Jekyll Island is a fantastic book that is perfect for young readers that are eager to learn about the world. It is filled with interesting facts, glossary terms, and discussion questions at the end.
Every parent homeschooling their children will love this book to help educate your kids. Parents with kids in public school absolutely need this book to teach their kids an important subject that is missed in schools today.
It is a great way to connect with your kids and guide them in a fun way. I very highly recommend this book for all parents and young readers.