From the Set Simple Economics
Introduces bartering and explains what it is, its benefits and challenges, and what makes a good transaction; features a glossary; and lists resources to explore the subject further.
- About the Author and Illustrator
- For More Information
A noteworthy review of Simple Economics from Library Media Connection on September 1, 2013
Teaching key concepts of financial literacy through stories of two friends, Mia and Tomas, each book begins with a common situation that the reader can identify with. The children discuss a situation with a family member or teacher who explains the concept in a way that young readers will understand. The series builds a strong foundation of basic economics, making it an excellent supplement to textbooks. Bright illustrations, limited text, and an attractive layout make the series accessible to several age groups. Simple Economics explains not only what and how, but most importantly the why of basic economics. Teachers will be able to cover many Common Core Standards as they hold readers responsible for retelling, asking questions, etc. Bibliography. Glossary. Websites. Index.
A noteworthy review of Simple Economics from School Library Journal on December 1, 2012
This series follows two fictional entrepreneurs, Tomas and Mia, as they learn about money through their successful lemonade stand. The information is solid and the texts are clearly written. The books are presented as separate stories, but a complete picture is formed when they are read as a set. Most of the information is imparted through dialogue between Tomas, Mia, and Tomas’s Uncle Tito, with other characters playing minor roles. Additional facts displayed in dollar-bill text boxes fill in the gaps. For example, ‘The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or FDIC, is an insurance program for banks.’ Illustrations are pleasing, and readers will enjoy the informal approach. These are top-notch resources for the classroom and great reads for students wanting to start their own lemonade stands.