Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

Top Five Books on Other Economics Concepts

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Author: Yin
Illustrator: Chris Soentpiet
Publisher: Philomel Books
ISBN: 0-399-23406-3
Year: 2006
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level:  3.1

Concepts: interdependence, human resources, immigration, producers, economic history

Summary: When Ming arrives in San Francisco after the long ocean journey from China, his older brother Shek wastes no time warning him: "Chinese should not go outside Chinatown." But then Ming meets Patrick, a young Irish boy with a kind heart.  And when Ming's family's store is in danger of closing, their new friendship helps save it, and is a crucial first step toward bringing their two communities together.

Source of Summary: Junior Library Guild

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Title: Kermit the Hermit
Author and Illustrator: Bill Peet
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
ISBN: 0-395-29607-2
Year: 1965
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level:  5.1

Concepts: altruism, saving

Summary: After a mean, selfish crab is rescued by a boy, the crab searches for a way to repay the kindness.

Source of Summary: Publisher

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Title: How the Second Grade Got  $8,205.50 to Visit the Statue of Liberty
Author: Nathan Zimelman
Illustrator:  Bill Slavin
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co.
ISBN: 0-8075-3431-5
Year: 1992
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level:  5.4

Concepts: fund-raising, expenses, profit, earning

Review:   Newton Barnaby School’s second graders have embarked on a fund-raising drive to finance a field trip to the Statue of Liberty.  These perky kids have no shortage of energy or ideas for collaborative projects that can generate cash.  A collection of all types of paper to sell to the recycling man, a lemonade stand, candy sales, and a car wash: each involves expenses, earnings, and a profit.  So exactly how would these seemingly small-scale enterprises generate more than eight thousand dollars? Therein lies the fun in this clever book that wraps a valuable economics lesson into an entertaining story for young readers who are taking their first steps on the path toward financial literacy.

Review by:  Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

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Title: Sanji and the Baker
Author: Robin Tzannes
Illustrator:  Korky Paul
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0-19-279960-6
Year: 1993
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level:  3.4

Concepts: externalities, producers, money

Summary: Every morning and evening, Sanji sniffs the delicious smells that rise from the bakery below. When the Baker accuses Sanji of stealing his smells, and takes him to court, Sanji must figure a way out of a delicate situation, which he does with a very creative judge's help. This humorous and imaginative picture book for young readers, set in the Middle East, asserts the simple moral that you can't put a monetary price on the simple pleasures of the senses.

Source of Summary: Publisher

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Title: Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type
Author: Doreen Cronin
Illustrator:  Betsy Lewin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 0-689-83213-3
Year: 2000
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level:  2.3

Concepts: producers, strikes, workers

Summary: When Farmer Brown's cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.

Source of Summary: Publisher

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