Title: Doctor All-Knowing
Author: Doris Orgel
Illustrator: Alexandra Boiger
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Concepts: human resources, poverty, scarcity, wealth, jobs
Review: Crayfish, a hard-working peasant, and his daughter Maggie were so poor that they could only eat watery porridge, nothing else. Their desire to improve their lot in life led to an opportunity for Crayfish to pose as a doctor named All-Knowing. As luck would have it, a very rich but dim-witted nobleman needed the assistance of an all-knowing advisor to tell him who had stolen his money. How would Crayfish, who could not even read, live up to the demands of his new doctoring profession and help the nobleman to recover his fortune?
With its amusing and expressive illustrations, this version of one of the Brothers Grimm lesser-known fables will hold young children spellbound as they wonder how Crayfish will get out of such a dire predicament. The book makes a good choice for parents and teachers seeking fiction-based resources to talk with children about poverty, scarcity, and work.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children