Title: An Apple Pie for Dinner
Author: Susan VanHecke
Illustrator: Carol Baicker-McKee
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Children
Concepts: natural resources, barter, exchange
Review: Granny Smith had a hankering to eat apple pie for dinner, and her well-stocked kitchen had all of the ingredients except for apples. Granny did have plums, however, so off she went in search of someone who might want to trade apples for plums. The first person Granny met took an interest in Granny's plums, but all she could exchange for them was a bag of fluffy feathers. Kind-hearted granny agreed to the trade, and so it went on with each person she met. Would Granny ever find someone with whom she could barter for apples?
While a number of children's books tell similar tales involving barter and exchange, none have such unique illustrations as An Apple Pie for Dinner. With their additional dimension, the mixed-media bas-reliefs help to further engage young readers as they follow along with Granny's escapades. Teachers and parents looking for new books with basic economic ideas will want to consider this refreshing addition to the literature.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children