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Goods and Services in Children's & YA Literature


Goods & Services

Adil, Janeen. Goods and Services.
Explains what goods and services are. Simple text.
Closest location: Hortonville Public Library. Submit an Interlibrary Loan request if you’d like the book sent directly to Polk Library


Agee, Jon. Nothing.
One of the most popular clichés in economics is “there’s no such thing as a free lunch,” with the implication that you cannot get something for nothing. Jon Agee’s clever book turns this notion upside down when the richest lady in town walks into Otis’s empty antiques shop at closing time and buys nothing for something. Amazed that this wealthy woman who has everything would pay $300 for nothing, the neighboring merchants quickly change their signs and their sales pitches – I have the finest in nothing! I sell nothing from China! – and the odd purchase sets off a buying craze. Nothing is ingenious in the way it parodies herd behavior in consumer shopping patterns at a level that young children will understand and enjoy.
(Source of summary: http://econkids.rutgers.edu/new-picture-books-in-2007-first-word-j-p/1668-nothing)
Closest location: EMC Picture Book Collection


Andrews, Carolyn. What are Goods and Services?, 2009.
An introduction to various types of goods and services discusses production,
consumers' wants and needs, scarcity and surplus, specialization, and different
types of economies. (Source of summary: WorldCat)
Closest location: Not available in the Oshkosh area. Please submit an “Interlibrary Loan” request for this book.


Bredsdorff, Bodil. Eidi.
Thoroughly intertwined in this engrossing short novel are some important
economics lessons related to selling goods and services in the marketplace.
(Source of Excerpt: http://econkids.rutgers.edu/older-children-and-young-adults-
2009/1426-eidi
)
Closest location: EMC Fiction Collection


Cheng, Andrea. Anna the Bookbinder.
When her bookbinder father cannot complete an order for an important customer,
Anna decides to take the fate of the family business into her own hands. (Summary
from WorldCat)
Closest location: Oshkosh Public Library. You can also submit a “Universal Borrowing” request to have the book sent directly to Polk Library.


dePaola, Tommie. Strega Nona Meets Her Match.
A rival puts Strega Nona out of the healing business until Big Anthony's assistance
inadvertently sabotages the newcomer in his usual well-meaning way.
(Source of summary: http://econkids.rutgers.edu/goods-and-services/123-streganona-
meets-her-match
)
Closest location: Oshkosh Public Library. You can also submit a “Universal Borrowing” request to have the book sent directly to Polk Library.


Field, Rachel. General Store.
A girl imagines the general store she will own someday and all the things for sale
in it, from bolts of calico to bunches of bananas.
Closest location: EMC Picture Book Collection


Grossman, Patricia. Saturday Market, 1994.
Join Ana and Estela as they sell their handmade goods at a Saturday market in Mexico.
Closest location: EMC Picture Book Collection


Hall, Donald. Ox-Cart Man.
Describes the day-to-day life throughout the changing seasons of an early 19th-century New England family. (Source of summary: Polk Library Catalog)
Closest location: EMC Picture Book Collection


Holt, KimberlyWillis. Piper Reed Gets a Job.
Piper Reed has no shortage of energy, creativity, and ideas. So when it becomes painfully obvious that she and the other members of the Gypsy Club need a clubhouse to hold their meetings, Piper comes up with a great idea for earning the money to purchase one. She will start a birthday party planning business, and little Brady’s birthday party next door will be the first event she plans. Unfortunately, Piper becomes a bit overwhelmed by the clubhouse sticker price ($1999.00), and she starts to accept additional jobs in an effort to save enough money. Her intentions may be good, but too many competing demands on her time can lead to some major mishaps that Piper never factored into her plans. (Source of summary: http://econkids.rutgers.edu/goods-and-services/1466-piper-reed-gets-a-job)
Closest location: Oshkosh Public Library


Houghton, Gillian. Goods and Services.
Closest location: Oshkosh Public Library. You can submit an Interlibrary Loan request if you’d like the book sent directly to Polk Library.


Levenson, Geoge. Bread Comes to Life
One of the first economics ideas to which children are exposed when they enter elementary school is that natural resources are products of nature that can be used to make goods and services. Bread Comes to Life is an ideal book for teaching such a lesson about natural resources.
(Source of summary: http://econkids.rutgers.edu/new-picture-books-in-2008-first-word-a-i/866-bread-comes-to-life-a-garden-of-wheat-and-a-loaf-to-eat)
Closest location: EMC Non-Fiction Collection - Call Number: 641.815.L657b


Lewis, Rose. Orange Peel’s Pocket.
Chan Ming, nicknamed Orange Peel, was born in China, but is growing up in the United States. When her kindergarten class studies China, she is embarrassed by her inability to answer her classmates’ questions about her country of origin. She decides to learn more about the country where she was born by asking familiar adults who also came from China. Together with her mom, she visits a tailor, a poet and antique dealer, a florist, a noodle maker, and a woman who works at an ice cream shop. After visiting her friends, Orange Peel discovers that each one slipped a special cultural artifact into her pocket. Ultimately, Orange Peel uses the gifts to teach her kindergarten friends what she learned about China. In addition to learning more about Orange Peel’s cultural heritage, readers can identify the goods and services produced by each of her friends. The text and illustrations also provide an opportunity for students to categorize the productive resources each adult uses as part of his/her job. This is a very sweet story with lovely illustrations.
(Source of summary: http://econkids.rutgers.edu/new-picture-books-in-2010-first-word-j-p/1756-orange-peels-pocket)
Closest location: Oshkosh Public Library. You can also submit a “Universal Borrowing” request to have the book sent directly to Polk Library.


Levitin, Sonia. Boom Town.
After her family moves to California where her father goes to work in the gold fields, Amanda decides to make her own fortune baking pies and she encourages others to provide the necessary services--from a general store to a school--that enables her town to prosper.
Closest location: EMC Picture Book Collection


Lobel, Anita. On Market Street.
A boy goes shopping on Market Street, traveling through the alphabet as he buys various goods.
Closest location: EMC Picture Book Collection


Madrigal, Antonio. Erandi’s Braids, 2001.
In a poor Mexican village, Erandi surprises her mother by offering to sell her long, beautiful hair in order to raise enough money to buy a new fishing net.
Closest location: EMC Picture Book Collection


Milway, Katie Smith. One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference.
The story helps students learn about bartering and the use of money in exchange for goods and services… (Source of summary: http://blog.richmond.edu/openwidelookinside/archives/1890)
Closest location: EMC Picture Book Collection


Nelson, Robin. What Do We Buy? A Look at Goods and Services
Explains what goods and services are, what parts consumers and producers play in the economy, and the role of natural, human, and capital resources. (Source of summary: WorldCat)
Closest Location: Oshkosh Public Library. You can submit an Interlibrary Loan request if you’d like the book sent directly to Polk Library.


Trachtenberg, Stanley. The Elevator Man.
This whimsical book presents a good example of how modernization brings changes in the types of goods and services we enjoy as consumers, while it also leads people to find new jobs as their old jobs become obsolete. (Source of excerpt: http://econkids.rutgers.edu/new-picture-books-in-2009-first-word-q-z/1403-elevator-man)
Closest Location: EMC Picture Book Collection


Schaefer, Laura. The Teashop Girls.
This refreshing novel gets top marks for all it does to strengthen its appeal to a wide readership. Not only does it have an interesting plot seeped in economics, the book is loaded with reproductions of old advertisements for tea, which adds an intriguing historical twist. Delightful quotes and frequent facts on all the benefits of tea act as strong incentives to brew and drink more tea than one ordinarily might. Young adult readers will also enjoy the boyfriend and best friend dilemmas, which are resolved more easily of course over a nice cup of tea.
(Source of summary: http://econkids.rutgers.edu/older-children-and-young-adults-2008/1470-the-teashop-girls)
Closest location: Neenah Public Library. You can have the book sent directly to Polk Library by submitting an Interlibrary Loan request.


Slobodkina, Esphyr. Caps for Sale.
Years ago, a unique peddler stood out from other salespeople because he carried all his goods on top of his head. He neatly stacked a bunch of gray, brown, blue, and red caps in a single pile and carefully balanced them on his head as he walked through town, calling “Caps! Caps for Sale! Fifty cents a cap!” But alas, on this particular day, no one purchases a cap. With no money to buy lunch, the peddler opts for a walk and a nap in the countryside instead. His troubles multiply when he wakes up to the sight of a group of playful monkeys in the treetop, each wearing one of his caps for sale. How will he get the caps back? This classic story, reissued in a new hardcover edition, does not grow old with its humor, ingenuity, and charm. Underlying the story is an important set of economics concepts related to buyers and sellers in the goods market. If the demand for caps had been a little stronger, the peddler may have been able to avoid this whole predicament, but therein lies the book’s merriment. Caps for Sale gets top marks for delivering a story with substantive content that children will enjoy and remember.
(Source of summary: http://econkids.rutgers.edu/goods-and-services/793-caps-for-sale-a-tale-of-a-peddler-some-monkeys-and-their-monkey-business--by-e-slobodkina)
Closest location: EMC Picture Book Collection


Ziefert, Harriet. A New Coat for Anna, 1986.
At the end of World War II, Anna needs a new winter coat, but her mother has no money. They use valuable possessions to barter for the goods and services needed to produce the coat.
Closest location: EMC Picture Book Collection


Books about Stores

Carling, Amelia. Mama and Papa have a Store, 1998.
A little girl describes what a day is like in her parents' Chinese store in Guatemala City.
Closest location: EMC Picture Book Collection


DiSalvo-Ryan, DyAnne. Grandpa’s Corner Store, 2000.
Grandfather's corner grocery business is threatened by a new supermarket, but his granddaughter, Lucy, organizes the neighbors to convince him to stay.
Closest location: EMC Picture Book Collection


Elya, Susan. Bebe Goes Shopping, 2006.
Rhyming text describes a trip to the grocery store for a mam and her baby boy. Includes Spanish words.
Closest location: EMC Picture Book Collection


Field, Rachel. General Store, 1990.
A girl imagines the general store she will own someday and all the things for sale in it, from bolts of calico to bunches of bananas.
Closest location: EMC Picture Book Collection


Kimmelman, Leslie. Frannie’s Fruits, 1989.
A little girl and her family operate a fruit and vegetable stand near the beach with the help of their dog Frannie.
Closest location: EMC Picture Book Collection


Korchek, Lori. Adventures of Cow, Too, 2007.
This is a humor book, not at all serious, but very fun. A very excited toy cow takes an adventurous trip to a grocery store.
Closest location: EMC Picture Book Collection


Melmed, Laura. The Marvelous Market on Mermaid, 1995.
Describes Gran's store and the goings-on there in humorous, cumulative fashion.
Closest location: EMC Picture Book Collection


Schwartz, Joanne. Our Corner Grocery Store, 2009.
Anna Maria describes the sights, sounds, and activities that happen at her grandparents' local grocery store whenever she goes there to help them on Saturdays.
Closest location: EMC Picture Book Collection

 

Books about Occupations

See online bibliography on Career Books for Children & Young Adults


LESSON PLANS

 

Collections of Lesson Plans about Goods & Services

econedlink
http://www.econedlink.org/
Very good source for lessons on Goods & Services


EconomicsWisconsin
http://economicswisconsin.org/guide/d_04_05.htm
Good source for lesson plans and content information pertaining to standard D4.5, which says Distinguish between private goods and services (for example, the family car or a local restaurant) and public goods and services (for example, the interstate highway system or the United States Postal Service) (from the website)


EconomicWisconsin
http://economicswisconsin.org/guide/d_04_03.htm

Lesson plans that address “Standard 4.3 Identify local goods and services that are part of the global economy and explain their use in Wisconsin” (from the website)


Council for Economic Education: Lesson Plans
http://www.councilforeconed.org/resources/lessons.php

 

Individual Lesson Plans about Goods & Services

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, Have You Any Goods?
http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Social_Studies/Economics/ECO0015.html (BROKEN LINK)
Grades K-2


Community Helpers at Your Service
http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.php?lid=454&type=educator
Grades K-2


Goods and Services
http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.php?lid=642&type=educator
Grades K-2


The Goods and Services Game
http://library.thinkquest.org/3901/lissa/teacher%27scorner.htm


I Have no Money, Would You Take Wampum?
http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.php?lid=67&type=educator
Grades 3– 5


If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
http://ecedweb.unomaha.edu/lessons/mouse.htm#
Grades 1-3


Places and Production
http://ecedweb.unomaha.edu/lessons/feogx.htm
Grades 6–8


The Colonial Worker’s Web
http://www.econ-fun.com/sample_lessons.htm
Grades 5-8


Woof! Woof! At Your Service
http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.php?lid=194&type=educator
Grades K-2


The Yellow Pages
http://www.carla.umn.edu/articulation/polia/pdf_files/yellowpages.pdf
Grades 6-8

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