Title: Government Services
Author: Ann-Marie Kishel
Illustrator: Ann-Marie Kishel
Publisher: Lerner Publications Company
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level: 2.8
Concepts: economic role of government, taxes, public services
Review: This interesting reader describes various examples of public services and how they are financed by taxes. The book’s clear text and vivid illustrations clearly communicate that the government provides a number of services that impact children’s lives when they go to school, visit the library, play in a park, need help in an emergency, and receive a letter in the mail. A color-coded flow diagram in the back shows how the government channels tax payments into public services. The lessons are reinforced with a glossary and some examples of government agencies, such as NASA, that children may recognize. This book is ideal for teachers, parents, and volunteers who are seeking books for younger readers with important lessons about the economic role of government.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children.