Title: An Orange in January
Author: Dianna Hutts Aston
Illustrator: Julie Maren
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level: 3.6
Concepts: natural resources, interdependence, markets
Review: With its rich economics lessons, this delightful story for young readers describes the path of an orange from its growth in an orchard to its final destination in the hands of child. The book's clear text and vivid illustrations clearly communicate the various steps along this journey, including the work by farm workers to pick the orange, the farmer’s delivery of the orange to a warehouse, a truck’s delivery of the orange to a grocery store, and the child’s purchase and enjoyment of the orange. These lessons about natural resources, interdependence, and markets are highlighted with the idea (through the title, text, and illustrations) that the child can enjoy this ripe, juicy orange in the middle of winter. This book is ideal for teachers, parents, and volunteers who are seeking enjoyable children’s books for younger readers with substantive content in economics and social studies.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children