'Chicken Soup' for the pocketbook

Book Review: 'The Richest Kids in America'

If you haven’t heard of Mark Victor Hansen of "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series mega-fame, you probably haven’t heard of Christmas, either. But if there’s a tween, teen or young adult on your holiday shopping list, it’s time you heard of him now.

His latest book, "The Richest Kids in America: How They Earn It, How They Spend It, How You Can Too" (Hansen House, 2009), provides a fresh, kid-centered slant on the basics of entrepreneurship, innovation and philanthropy — necessities for kids who want to get a head start on starting or just understanding today’s complex financial and business environment.

Don’t be put off by the materialistic-sounding title — this book is actually a primer for and about kids that emphasizes dollars and cents much less than it does passion, vision, creativity and giving.