Author: Lawrence McKay Jr.
Illustrator: Darryl Ligasan
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Year: 2008 (paperback)
Concepts: markets, trade, natural resources
Review: Jura, a ten-year old child who lives in Afghanistan, has just embarked on his first trip through the mountains in a caravan of adult men, horses, and camels. They are traveling more than a hundred miles – a journey that takes ten days – across mountain passes, over frozen rivers, and through deep valleys to reach the city. The difficult journey results in a substantial reward: the opportunity to trade their felts and furs for badly-needed grain. Before they return home, Jura enjoys the sights and smells of the marketplace, watching some merchants dye wool and joining some of the men for tea and conversation. Caravan hits the mark with its warm illustrations, clear lessons about trade and markets, and an engrossing story about a child coming of age amongst a nomadic people of Afghanistan.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children