Title: Piper Reed Gets a Job
Author: Kimberly Willis Holt
Illustrator: Christine Davenier
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Concepts: services, jobs, savings, earnings, choices
Review: Piper Reed has no shortage of energy, creativity, and ideas. So when it becomes painfully obvious that she and the other members of the Gypsy Club need a clubhouse to hold their meetings, Piper comes up with a great idea for earning the money to purchase one. She will start a birthday party planning business, and little Brady’s birthday party next door will be the first event she plans. Unfortunately, Piper becomes a bit overwhelmed by the clubhouse sticker price ($1999.00), and she starts to accept additional jobs in an effort to save enough money. Her intentions may be good, but too many competing demands on her time can lead to some major mishaps that Piper never factored into her plans.
With its fast-paced plot and vivacious lead character, this book makes learning some basic lessons in economics fun and interesting. Busy children and their parents can even feel the building stress as Piper juggles more obligations than she can handle. Reading about jobs, choices, and earning money can be a zany experience with Piper Reed at the helm.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children