Title: A Cup for Everyone
Author and Illustrator: Yusuke Yonezu
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level: 2.5
Concepts: producers, consumers, suppy and demand, innovation
Review: Pucca, a young penguin with a penchant for creativity, enjoyed watching his father sculpt and paint handmade cups that he sold in town. Unfortunately, business had slowed down because everyone in town had already purchased a cup, so Pucca’s father packed up and left for the next village in search of new customers. Determined to change this situation, Pucca experimented with his father’s special clay and paints until he designed a custom-made parrot cup that Ms. Parrot adored. As word got around, the demand for Pucca’s innovative designs soared. Would there be enough new orders to support his father’s business?
This outstanding book gets top marks for its clever story that features important ideas in economics related to innovation, supply, and demand. The illustrations, marvelously creative and irresistible, may very well leave readers wishing for their own custom-made cups.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children