Literature Connection

 
  • One Hen

    Concepts:  Saving, Investing, Opportunity Cost, Capital Resources, Entrepreneur, Profit

    Kojo lives with his mother in a small town in Ghana. One day he purchases one brown hen with the savings he and his mother earned from selling firewood in the market. He begins to sell eggs in the market and watches his business grow. Kojo earns enough to pay for school and eventually finishes college. He then convinces a bank to give him a much larger loan to start an egg farm, which grows to be the biggest in West Africa. Based on a true story, One Hen is an inspiring story about the start of one small business and how it ended up helping hundreds of people improve their lives.

     
  • Ox-Cart Man

    Concepts:  Consumers, Producers, Goods & Services, Market, Human Resources, Capital Resources, Natural Resources

    The ox-cart man, his wife, his daughter, and his son worked all year to gather, grow, and make goods to sell at the market. The man used the money he made to purchase things they needed.

     
  • Pancakes, Pancakes!

    Concepts:  Productive Resources, Economic Wants, Natural Resources, Human Resources, Capital Resources

    A boy named Jack wakes up hungry for an enormous pancake breakfast. But before he can enjoy his breakfast, he must first spend time and energy gathering all the resources and ingredients that he needs to make pancakes.

     
  • Paperboy

    Concepts:  Supply & Demand, Price, Profit

    Willie Brinkman is proud to be helping his family with the money he earns as a paperboy during the late 1920's. Times are hard, so when the big heavyweight bout between Jack Dempsey and "Gentleman Gene" Tunney is announced, Willie hopes to earn more money by signing up to sell the "Extra Edition" describing the fight. Dempsey is the workingman's hero, and when he loses the fight in a disputed decision, Willie finds out that it isn't easy to sell papers to his working class customers!

     
  • Paying Taxes

    Concepts:  Consumers, Goods & Services (especially government services)

    This book is an excellent primer on taxes for young people. The many topics covered include why people pay taxes, kinds of taxes, how taxes are spent, and what makes a good tax.

     
  • Peppe the Lamplighter

    Concepts:  Income, Goods and Services, Supply and Demand, Human Resources, Specialization, Interdpendence

    Peppe is part of an immigrant Italian family in New York City at the turn of the 20th century.  His mother has died and his father is sick, so he must look for work.  He is excited when he finally finds a job as a lamplighter, but his father, thinking it too demeaning, shames him about it. Peppe soon learns that his job is more important than he – or his father – thinks. 

     
  • Pig and Crow

    Concepts:  Trade & Money, Goods & Services

    A crafty crow offers to trade magic seeds, a magic worm, and a magic egg to Pig in exchange for the baked goodies he has produced. At first, Pig is not sure he has made a wise trade, but finds out in the end that he has.

     
  • Pigs Go To Market

    Concepts:  Goods & Services, Economic Wants, Scarcity, Producers, Consumers, Market

    Mrs. Pig and her family go to the supermarket to purchase Halloween candy for the party. Luckily, Mrs. Pig was awarded a five-minute shopping spree and could purchase a variety of goods.

     
  • Pigs Will be Pigs

    Concepts:  Trade & Money, Goods & Services

    This story is about a pig family adventure. Amy and her family are in the car, ready to go out and grab a snack. When they realize they are short on cash, they decide to return to the house to hunt for money. Using the money they find, the family has a special meal at their favorite restaurant.

     
  • Reuben and the Quilt

    Concepts:  Scarcity, Price

    Reuben, his mother, and sisters have worked very hard to produce a beautiful “log cabin” quilt to sell to earn money to help pay for an expensive operation for Reuben’s friends’ Grandfather, who was hurt in an accident. A huge problem occurs when the beautiful quilt is stolen right before the auction. What will the family do?