Title: Tin Lizzie
Author and Illustrator: Allan Drummond
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level: 2.8
Concepts: externalities, pollution, natural resources, capital resources
Review: Lizzie and her brothers take a ride with Grandpa in a glorious Model T Ford to celebrate the car’s one hundred year birthday. Having painstakingly worked together on restoring the car since Lizzie was small, the family members are beside themselves with excitement when the day finally comes to take the “Tin Lizzie” out for a test drive. Yet the unbarred enthusiasm gives way to cautious reflection as they sit in traffic jams and picnic under a bridge crowded with cars and trucks. The children consider problems of congestion, pollution, fuel supply, and infrastructure, and they devise possible solutions based on alternative methods of transportation and less reliance on cars. This thoughtful book takes children out of their comfort zone to consider important topics in economics related to overcrowding, pollution, and scarcity of natural resources that are associated with the world’s heavy use of automobiles.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children