Title: Tire Mountain
Author: Andrea Cheng
Illustrator: Ken Condon
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level: 3.0
Concepts: services, producers, resources
Review: Aaron’s family owns a small business, a tire and wheel service station located right next to their house in the city. Aaron likes nothing better than climbing and playing on the growing heap of old tires on their property. His mom, though, has grown weary not only of tire mountain, but also of the constant smell of rubber, the lack of space, and the stream of cars in and out of the station. She has started looking for a new home outside of the city, so Aaron tries to change her mind with an innovative plan involving the empty lot across the street.
With Tire Mountain, Andrea Cheng has given readers yet another subtle but powerful book about a child who faces a problem and is empowered to find a solution. Wrapped into the text are some important economics concepts, including producers, services, and resources. The book will particularly appeal to children who enjoy using their imaginations to turn everyday objects into wonderful playthings.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children