My Rows and Piles of Coins

Saruni empties his secret money box and arranges the coins into piles and the piles into rows. He is saving to invest in something special. How happy and proud he will be when he can help his mother carry heavy goods to market on his very own bicycle!

Interested in using this resource in your classroom? Check out the posters that go along with this book: Investing, Market, Goods & Services, Opportunity Cost, Trade & Money, Capital Resources.

Comprehension Questions

How did Saruni obtain his money?

Yeyo, his mother, gave him the coins for the services he provided by helping her with market work on Saturdays.

What were some of the goods Saruni could buy in the market with his money?

He could buy roasted peanuts, chapati, rice cakes, sambusa, wooden toy trucks, kites, slingshots, and marbles.

Instead of spending his money on goods, what could he do with his money?

Save it!

What kind of special good is the bicycle?

The bicycle is a capital good.

How is a capital good different from the other consumer goods in the market?

Capital goods are used to produce other goods and services. The bicycle would help Saruni's mother sell more of her goods in the market.

What good did he decide to buy?

He decided to invest his savings by buying a bicycle (a capital good) to help his mother carry her heavy goods to the market.

Did Saruni buy the bicycle? Why or why not?

No. The price was too high.

How did Saruni get the bicycle?

His father, Murette, took Saruni's money and gave him his old bicycle because Murette had bought a new motorbike. However, through Yeyo, Murette gave the money back to Saruni.

How did Saruni plan to use the bicycle?

He used it to help his mother carry heavy goods to market. He purchased a capital good by investing in the bicycle.

Was Saruni happy with just a bicycle?

No, he would also like to have a cart to pull behind his bicycle so that he could lighten his mother's load. Saruni would like to invest in another capital good!

Author: Tololwa M. Mollel
Published: 1999
Reading Level: 3.8
Grade Level: Pre K - 3
Accelerated Reader Level/Points: .5
Publisher: Clarion