Title: Minji's Salon
Author and illustrator: Eun-hee Choung
Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Publishers
Concepts: services, jobs
Review: Minji’s mom has gone to the beauty salon for a haircut and color. Not content to wait idly at home for her mother’s return, Minji decides to give the family dog a makeover as well. Just as the stylist and mother go through the steps of choosing a new style, mixing and applying the color, and adding the finishing touches, Minji and the dog do the same at home. While mother leaves the salon with an impeccable new hairdo, Minji’s home-based services create a rather messy surprise.
This creative new book, first published in South Korea, gets top marks for its amusing story-line and expressive illustrations. Minji’s Salon also does a nice job teaching children about professional businesses that provide services. One of the classic examples in economics textbooks of services is haircuts. This book takes the classic example and runs with it in an imaginative way, to the delight of young readers.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children