A Family for Old Mill Farm / by Shutta Crum, illustrated by Niki Daly
Author: Shutta Crum
Illustrator: Niki Daly
Publisher: Clarion Books
Concepts: real estate, services, wants and needs, supply and demand
Review: A family with another baby on the way needs a new house, but their real estate agent just cannot seem to find the right house. A lodge on the breezy shore, a ranch house in the dessert, a mountain-top home, none of them can provide the space and setting that the family members know they want. A raccoon realtor, on the other hand, has no trouble finding a succession of animal families the perfect home on the grounds of Old Mill Farm, an old barn nestled in the woods and hills with a stream running from a nearby pond. Could Old Mill Farm be the dream home for the people family as well? With its warm illustrations and parallel story lines, this unique children’s book makes a useful resource for discussing wants and needs, as well as supply and demand, in the context of real estate.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children
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