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Otto Grows Down / by Michael Sussman, illustrated by Scott Magoon

 

Title: Otto Grows Down
Author:  Michael Sussman
Illustrator: Scott Magoon
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Co.
ISBN:  978-1-4027-4703-8
Year: 2009

Concepts:  tradeoffs, opportunity cost.

Review:  Otto was completely fed up that his baby sister always got all the attention. Even at the party for Otto's sixth birthday, Anna seemed to soak up the spotlight with her needs and crying
. No wonder then, that Otto made a birthday wish that Anna had never been born.  Little did he realize that his wish would actually come true, in a completely unexpected way.  Otto would become younger with every passing day.  Was it really worth losing all he knew just to avoid having a baby sister?  Amusing illustrations and a clever tale make this picture book a useful resource for teaching young learners about tradeoffs and opportunity costs involved with the choices that people make.  

Review by:
 Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children 

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