Title: Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer
Author: Carol Brendler
Illustrator: Ard Hoyt
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Concepts: distribution, allocation, natural resources, interdependence
Review: Winnie Finn desperately needs a new red wagon to cart around her beloved collection of earthworms, and she knows just the means of getting enough money to purchase one. The upcoming Quincy County Fair offers prize money for various categories, and Winnie hopes that she can win a prize for the best worms. Not only do her neighbors inform her that there is no such category, they are intent on winning awards themselves for things like tallest corn, most chicken eggs, and prettiest puppies. They even promise to share the money with anyone who can help them win. It's up to Winnie to find a way to have her neighbors make good on their promises, and perhaps her worms can help.
With its unconventional female protagonist and clever storyline, Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer packs a powerful punch with lessons in economics about distribution and natural resources. The blend of substantive content, an engrossing story, and delightful illustrations will leave a lasting impression about the possibilities that come with a good idea.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children