Literature Connection

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

Concepts: Productive Resources, Natural Resources, Human Resources, Capital Resources, Interdependence, Specialization, Trade & Money

Making an apple pie is usually easy for the young baker except when the market is closed and no ingredients can be bought. The reader is taken on a journey around the world to find the finest ingredients to make a delicious apple pie.

ISAAC The Ice Cream Truck

Concepts: Specialization, Capital Resources, Economic Wants, Goods & Services

Isaac the Ice Cream Truck doesn't feel as important as all the other trucks that provide goods and services for the community. But one day, he provides cooling ice cream for the hot and tired firemen who have put out a fire in the building.

Ice Cream: The Cold Creamy Treat

Concepts: Consumers, Goods & Services, Market

This simple book is all about ice cream. Millions of people like ice cream, and it is eaten in many different ways. More ice cream is eaten in the United States than anywhere else in the world. One-third of all American families eat a gallon of ice cream every two weeks! Learn more about this special treat!

If You Give a Pig a Pancake

Concepts: Economic Wants, Goods & Services, Opportunity Cost, Scarcity

Chaos is the order of the day when an accommodating little girl tries to keep up with the whims of a busy little pig.

It Takes a Village

Concepts: Interdependence, Economic Wants, Goods & Services, Producers, Consumers, Trade & Money, Specialization, Market

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.

Jennie's Hat

Concepts: Goods & Services, Economic Wants, Natural Resources

Jennie wants a big flowery hat as a present. When she receives a plain hat, she tries to create her own hat using goods from her home. Still not satisfied, Jennie receives help from the birds to get the hat she wished for.

Just Shopping with Mom

Concepts: Economic Wants, Goods and Services, Scarcity

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.

Just a Dream

Concepts: Natural Resources, Scarcity

Walter believes the future is going to be wonderful-filled with robots and other amazing inventions. When he falls asleep, his wish comes true. But the world Walter sees is not exactly what he imagined.

Katy and the Big Snow

Concepts: Goods & Services, Capital Resources, Productivity

Katy the red crawler tractor could do a lot of tasks – in all types of weather. Things were a bit slow one winter day in Geoppolis when all of a sudden the “big snow” hits town. Who will help all the people, businesses, and government agencies in their distress? Katy, of course! Follow her around the city as she digs a path in the deep snow.

Leah's Pony

Concepts: Price, Economic Wants, Scarcity, Opportunity Cost, Supply & Demand

This Depression Era story paints a realistic picture of the hard life of American farm families during the l930s. Leah decides to sell her beloved pony in order to raise enough money to help her family keep their farm. The day of the farm auction arrives - what will happen to all of Mama and Papa's prize possessions?