Title: Who Made This Cake?
Author: Chihiro Nakagawa
Illustrator: Junji Koyose
Publisher: Front Street (Boyds Mills Press)
Concepts: capital resources, natural resources, human resources
Review: The narration sounds like a cake recipe, and the illustrations show trucks, but Who Made This Cake? is neither a cookbook nor a truck book. Instead, readers gain an entirely new perspective of a fleet of construction vehicles in action baking a relatively large cake from scratch. In another twist from the ordinary, the vehicles and their operators are all miniature versions of their true sizes, while the cake and the ingredients are drawn to scale. Adults and children alike will enjoy guessing the true functions and names of construction vehicles that are not usually depicted as sucking up cake batter from a bowl and pumping it into a pan. Mixed into the merriment are economics lessons based on human, capital, and natural resources that go into the production process.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children