Title: Feeding the Sheep
Author: Leda Schubert
Illustrator: Andrea U'Ren
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Concepts: natural resources, human resources
Review: A young child watches her mother over the course of a year and learns that much work goes into transforming a sheep's wooly coat into a blue sweater. First the mother shears the sheep and washes the wool. Once the strands have dried, mother can card the wool and spin the yarn. Dyeing the yarn blue proves messy, but the end result is a lovely yarn that mother can knit into a warm sweater for her daughter.
Most state content standards include economics concepts in the earliest grades, and most start with natural resources and human resources. With Schubert's straightforward rhyming text and U'Ren's signature bold illustrations, this new book makes a useful vehicle for introducing young learners to these concepts in a framework they will appreciate and enjoy.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children