Title: Jam & Jelly by Holly & Nellie
Author: Gloria Whelan
Illustrator: Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Concepts: scarcity, budget constraints, saving, entrepreneurship, natural resources
Review: Holly and her parents live in a remote part of northern Michigan where their livelihoods are closely linked to the changing seasons and the wildlife in the surrounding hills. School will start in a few months and Holly needs a new coat and boots, but her parents cannot afford them. Papa would rather that Holly stay home once winter arrives, but Mama, who herself missed quite some schooling due to poor weather when she was younger, insists the money will come from somewhere. After all, the hills have all sorts of berries ripe for the picking, and berries make the perfect ingredient in a variety of homemade goods that passers-by can purchase.
Beautifully illustrated with luxurious, lifelike paintings, this book makes an excellent vehicle for talking with children about budget constraints and savings. Even very small family businesses can generate enough money to finance some basic needs, as depicted in this simple but powerful story.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children