Author: Bodil Bredsdorff
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Concepts: markets, jobs, goods and services, scarcity, wealth, bargaining
Review: After the birth of her baby brother, Eidi became convinced that her mother did not have as much room in her heart, or in the house, for her. Given Eidi's wandering past, it was not a difficult decision to leave the tiny Crow Cove settlement in pursuit of self-sufficiency and new opportunities. A brief stay out on the heath with her old friend Rossan, whom she had helped in earlier days to card wool from his sheep, led to a trip to the seaport town of Eastern Harbor in order to sell the wool.
This bustling town provided Eidi the opportunity to pick up some valuable bargaining skills in the marketplace as well as a paid job as weaver for the town's wealthiest merchant. Yet serendipity placed a young, vulnerable boy into her life, thus adding a whole new dimension to her decisions about independence, caring, and well-being.
Thoroughly intertwined in this engrossing short novel are some important economics lessons related to selling goods and services in the marketplace. Although the book comes as the second in the Children of Crow Cove Series, readers can thoroughly understand and appreciate Eidi without having read the first critically-acclaimed installment. A well-developed protagonist, careful story-telling, and a timeless setting all add to the charm and readability of this Danish contribution.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children