Elsie and the Money Tree

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Elsie was the kind of tender-hearted girl who would give away her lunch money to someone more needy before she even got to school. Her parents had never understood her and were unable to make her understand that money should never be given away and that it was their own fault that poor people were poor. As everyone knows: money doesn't grow on trees...
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Words: 4,080
Language: Commonwealth English
ISBN: 9781301373147
Tags: short story
About Mark Douglas Stafford

Mark’s early years were spent building cubbyhouses, writing computer software on some of the world’s first computers and blowing up things in the garage.
After high school he began with a teaching degree and finished with a business degree. He established then sold his first business in 2005 after which he embarked on a career in senior management, running various technology companies in cutting-edge fields.
He has completed courses at the Sydney Writers’ Centre.
Mark has written six novels and a raft of short stories about talking mattresses and trees that grow money instead of leafs. Mark writes particularly for the children’s and young-adult segment but his highly imaginative and original stories are enjoyed by readers of all ages.
He won 'Highly Commended' in The Port Stephens Examiner Literature Awards 2013 for his short story 'The Interview'.
He draws inspiration from the fables of Gabriel García Márquez, Oscar Wild and Hector Hugh Munro. As an aficionado of science fiction he is especially fond of the classics, like Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Series which harks back to a time when it was still fashionable to be optimistic about the future.
He is excruciatingly happily married and lives in the hills of northern Sydney, Australia with his wife and four rambunctious children, all of whom are fierce book critics; which helps.

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Review by: haani qureshi on Oct. 29, 2013 :
This is a wonderful story.
What would you do with a money tree.
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Review by: Murielle Cyr on Oct. 27, 2013 :
Mark Douglas Stafford has written a delightful children's story about a little girl who wants to help a poor family in her neigbourhood. Her parents are workaholics with a mission in life to accumulate the most money they can. They protest the child's wish to help others and insist poor people are simply lazy. A strange tree with leaves in the shape of real money grows in the little girl's yard and life takes an unsuspected turn for everybody. A very enjoyable story with an enormous moral message
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Review by: Owen Higgins on Oct. 15, 2013 :
Once I’d read the Grateful Girl (the first book in Mark Stafford’s This is Better than That collection) to my kids, they wanted to hear this one too. And they weren't disappointed. It’s a story about a girl who isn't understood by her parents. She a tender-hearted soul, they think only of money. Then, one day, something happens that will test the whole family. It’s a really good read.
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Review by: Laura Santos on Oct. 15, 2013 :
My sister told me about this fabulous Australian author and since then I’ve read some of his fables to my middle school students (11-13yrs). They’ve been the source of some great discussions. I fell in love with the main character, Elsie, in this short story almost immediately (I was just like her when I was that age, always giving everything away. Fortunately my folks weren't like her parents!) There’s a lovely contrast between Elsie and her father who stand for two very different things. This is a really terrific story, a modern day fable that us Americans should take to heart. I think we've really lost out way and fallen in love with the god on mammon (aka money). Elsie and the Money Tree is excellent and I really enjoyed it. Mark Stafford’s other stories are good too.
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