Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

Top Five Books on Capital Resources

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Title: Hogwash
Author and Illustrator:  Arthur Geisert
Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin
ISBN:  0-618-77332-0
Year:  2008

Concepts:  capital resources, innovation

Review: Several resourceful mama pigs have built a marvelous cleaning contraption that washes and dries their dirty piglets until they wind up spotless and pristine.  The enormous machine consists of an elaborate arrangement of pumps, hydrolics, heating elements, levers, pulleys, turbines, clotheslines, magnets, and wheels, all combined with a giant wash tub and shower head.  The mamas know to maximize the merriment, so they have fabricated the device to include a wave pool and a cable ride.

Tucked away in these intricate pages of pigs and machines are some powerful economics lessons about capital resources and innovation.  The clever mamas are innovators in every way, and the washing contraption they designed not only saves them time, but it also entertains their little ones.  This splendid book adds a whole new dimension to the phrase “a bunch of hogwash,” and readers may have difficulty ever again equating hogwash with baloney. 

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Curious George Goes to a Chocolate Factory
Author and Illustrator: Margret and H. A. Rey
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
ISBN: 0-395-91216-4
Year: 1998
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level: 3.5

Concepts: producers, capital resources, goods

Summary: When George and the man with the yellow hat stop to shop at a chocolate factory store, George is soon off to investigate on his own.

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  Up Goes the Skyscraper
Author and Illustrator:  Gail Gibbons
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0-02-736780-0
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level:  4.1

Concepts: capital resources

Summary: Follows, in simple text and illustrations, the building of a skyscraper step by step.

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Title:  Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Author and Illustrator:  Virginia Lee Burton
Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin
ISBN:  0-395-25939-8
Year:  1939

Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level:  4.4

Concepts:  capital resources

Summary:  Mike Mulligan proves that, although dated, his steam shovel is still useful.

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  Winnie's New Computer
Author and Illustrator:  Korky Paul and Valerie Thomas
Publisher:  Oxford University Press
ISBN:  0-19-272585-8
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level:  2.2

Concepts: innovation, technology, capital resources

Winnie has a new computer, and decides to load all her spells onto it, so that she can perform her magic at the click of the mouse. She'll never need to shout "Abracadabra" again! But when Winnie tries out her new cyber spells she turns Wilbur blue - setting off a hilarious chain of events.

Source of Summary: Powells Books