Title: Little Man
Author: Dionne Warwick and David Freeman Wooley
Illustrator: Fred Willingham
Concepts: savings, earning money
Review: A talented child nicknamed Little Man enjoys playing the drums, and in a way they have become his friends. Grandma, however, needs earplugs. On his way to go buy a pair for Grandma, Little Man spots a gorgeous red bike in a store window. He dreams about using that bike to ride to the movie theater and even to ride across town to the music school for lessons. Little Man begins to work in lots of odd jobs to save money for the bike, but the earnings do not seem to add up fast enough. Perhaps his father’s words of wisdom about the three Ps (passion, purpose, and perfection) can help Little Man to come up with the extra cash he needs.
Award-winning singer Dionne Warwick has teamed up with the multi-talented David Freeman Wooley and Fred Willingham to produce this inspiring story about working hard toward achieving a dream. The book does a wonderful job in placing a straightforward lesson about earning and saving money into a rich context of musical talent, family relations, and community support. While having a celebrity author may not always give a clear signal as to the quality of a picture book, in this case Little Man gets an Econkids seal of approval.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children