Title: Would I Trade My Parents?
Author: Laura Numeroff
Illustrator: James Bernardin
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Concepts: scarcity, trade, opportunity cost, tradeoffs, cost-benefit analysis
Review: At one time or another most children believe that their lives would be better if they could trade parents with a friend! In the book, Would I Trade my Parents, a little boy reflects on both the exciting jobs held by his friends’ parents and the opportunities his friends enjoy that his own parents do not allow. Wouldn’t it be great if, like his friends, he could eat blueberry pancakes for breakfast, watch television at night, drink chocolate milk before dinner, and have a pet? But what would he have to give up for these benefits? He does appreciate the notes his mom leaves in his lunch box, reading with his dad, and going on family bike rides. Thoughtful reflection on the costs and benefits of the various options leads the little boy to conclude that we would never trade his parents!
This well-written and engaging story is sure to be a hit in primary grade classrooms. Numeroff’s text and Bernardin’s illustrations offer a glimpse into the diversity and specialness of families, while also providing opportunities for teachers to guide students in the exploration of some important economic concepts.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children