Just Shopping with Mom

In this humorous story, a mother goes shopping with her three kids. The little girl wants to buy everything in sight. They pass by the bakery, the pet store, the toy store, the dress store, and finally the ice cream shop. The mother buys a dress for the little girl and they all go home and eat ice cream.

Interested in using this resource in your classroom? Check out the posters that go along with this book: Economic Wants, Goods and Services, Scarcity.

Comprehension Questions

Name some of the goods at the food store.

The goods include apples, plums, pears, peanuts, pet food, candies, cat litter, sausages, books, toys, paper towels, etc.

What goods did the little girl want?

She wanted the red plums, candies, yellow duck, red pail, ice cream, cake, doll, etc.

Did she get what she wanted? Why?

No. Her mother would not buy the goods for her. The mother knew she had a scarcity of income. Also, the mother did not think it was good for the little girl to have all the things she wanted.

Have you ever gone to the store with your parents and asked for things that your parents did not want you to buy? Explain.

Answers will vary.

Are our economic wants usually greater than our income?

Yes! Because of this scarcity situation, we have to make choices.

What did the mother buy for the little girl?

She bought a dress.

What was the best part of the trip for the children?

Getting an ice-cream cone.

Author: Mercer Mayer
Published: 1989
Grade Level: PreK-3
Accelerated Reader Level/Points: .5
Publisher: Golden Books (Random House)