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My Granny Went to Market / by Stella Blackstone, illustrated by Christopher Corr


My Granny Went to Market: A Round-the-World Counting Rhyme
Author:  Stella Blackstone
Illustrator: Christopher Corr
Publisher: Barefoot Books
ISBN: 1-905236-62-X
Year: 2006
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level:  4.7

Concepts: consumers, goods, markets

  In this charming book, we follow the grandmother of an unnamed narrator as she visits a market to buy a flying carpet.  She uses the flying carpet to visit various countries in order to make a variety of other purchases.  Each new purchase increases in number of items bought, making the book not only an adventure in shopping but also a tool for learning to count.  These purchases are also reflective of the countries visited, giving children a taste of other cultures.  The brightly colored illustrations are deceptively simple, full of small details that children will love to point out (bicycles, birds and trains are just a few of the background elements that children will notice).  The book ends with Granny passing the flying carpet and her other purchases on to her grandchild, who may then benefit from Granny’s trip to the market and go on to explore what else may be found in other countries yet unvisited.  While this book does not go so far as to introduce concepts such as using money or bartering to obtain purchases, it is an excellent primer for introducing children to the idea of purchasing goods on a global scale. 

Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children 

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