My Father's Luncheonette

A little girl goes every day to her father's luncheonette. While her father flips burgers, fizzes sodas, and scoops ice cream, she plays the jukebox or spins on a counter stool. The hour's whirl by, from the lunch crunch to lights out at closing time.

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

Comprehension Questions

What kinds of food items were produced and sold at the luncheonette?

Burgers, sodas, French fries, ice cream, pot roast, etc.

Does the Luncheonette provide a good or service?

This is tricky. Although tangible food items are sold, the main point is that a customer is paying the luncheonette to cook, serve, and clean up. Thus, restaurants, in general, are said to provide a service.

Why were there many customers at the luncheonette?

Answers will vary. The luncheonette was in a good location. There is the South Bronx Savings Bank, Abie's Hardware Store, Sandbanks Jewelry shop, and the train station overhead. The food and service must be good since there are regular customers.

Why does the little girl's father run his luncheonette?

He runs his business primarily to earn income. He also seems to enjoy his work very much.

What productive resources does it take to run a luncheonette?

Human resources - waiters, cooks, etc.; capital resources - stoves, tables, forks, etc; natural resources - sun, rain, and soil to grow food, iron for metal tables and appliances, etc.

What good or service do you want to produce when you grow up?

Answers will vary. Emphasize that almost every able-bodied person is a producer of something.

Author: Melanie Hope Greenberg
Publisher: Dalton Children's Books