Title: Apple Orchard Race
Author: Abby Klein
Illustrator: John McKinley
Concepts: incentives, competition, natural resources, saving
Review: Freddy Thresher has been saving up for a cool shark's tooth at Timeless Treasures at the mall, so when he hears about the treasure hunt reward, his ears perk up. His class is visiting an apple orchard, and Farmer Bob has offered a $5.00 prize for the first person to find a wooden apple that he hid in the orchard. The children also learn how to pick apples, make apple cider, and feed the pigs and horses with the leftovers from the cider press. Freddy just wishes that annoying Max would stop trying to win the prize by cheating.
Apple Orchard Race offers teachers and parents the opportunity to use an easy reader in the popular Ready, Freddy! series to present some simple lessons in economics based on incentives, competition, and natural resources. Young readers can enjoy an entertaining story while they think about whether they would go to the same lengths as Freddy and Max to win a $5.00 prize.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children