It Takes a Village

Yemi watches her little brother during the market day in a small village in Benin. At the end of the day, she realizes the role of each specialized member of the village in raising a child.

Interested in using this resource in your classroom? Check out the posters that go along with this book: Economic Wants, Goods & Services, Producers, Consumers, Trade & Money, Specialization, Market.

Comprehension Questions

Identify the goods sold by Yemi's mother at the market.


Describe the other fruit vendors.

One woman sold pineapples; another sold oranges; another sold bananas. Each person sold one fruit he or she had gathered.

What other goods could the people of the village purchase at the market?

Peanuts, baskets, soup, fabrics, clay pots, canned goods, livestock, straw mats, etc.

Explain what would happen if everyone in the village sold only fruit.

The people could not satisfy their economic wants at the market. They would have to produce a wider variety of goods, thus becoming more independent and self-sufficient.

How is the village market similar to and different from a supermarket in your neighborhood?

Similar: people can buy a variety of goods, all the goods have a price, the producers are trying to get you to buy their product.

Different: in the village, the producers sell their special goods themselves, in a village, you actually know many of the producers, supermarkets are often open more often than a village market.

Author: Jane Cowen-Fletcher
Accelerated Reader Level/Points: .5
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.