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EconKids Home New Picture Books in 2008 (First Word A-I) As Luck Would Have It / by Robert D. San Souci, illustrated by Daniel San Souci

As Luck Would Have It / by Robert D. San Souci, illustrated by Daniel San Souci

 

Title: As Luck Would Have It
Author: 
Robert D. San Souci

Illustrator: Daniel San Souci
Publisher: August House

ISBN: 978-0-87483-833-6

Year: 2008

 

Economic concepts: tradeoffs, incentives  

Review:  Jonas and Jennifer, twin bears living at the edge of the woods, have the responsibility of watching the house and doing their chores while their parents visit Grandmother Bear, who has taken ill. Unfortunately the cubs are rather simple and a little lazy, so the shortcuts they take in their work result in enormous misfortune. Adding to their misery, some thieves traveling past trick them out of a sack of gold, the family's entire fortune. Can they do anything to reverse this disastrous chain of events?

This quirky adaptation of the Brothers Grimm "Clever Elsie" will quickly remind readers of the old adage that a fool and his gold are soon parted, for indeed the main characters are quite foolish and they soon relinquish their gold. While they enjoy an amusing story, children may also benefit from a little lesson about the consequences of shirking on the job.

Reviewed by: Rutgers University Project on Children and Economics

 


 

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