Markets: From Barter to Bar Codes

Markets: From Barter to Bar Codes

by Jeanne Bendick, Robert Bendick
     
 

Take a fascinating tour of marketplaces throughout the world and over time, from a Sumerian market in 3000 B.C. to a bustling general store in the state of Vermont in 1820 to today's online shopping.See more details below

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Take a fascinating tour of marketplaces throughout the world and over time, from a Sumerian market in 3000 B.C. to a bustling general store in the state of Vermont in 1820 to today's online shopping.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6The importance of markets within the worldwide economic system is traced throughout history. Each chapter follows the same format. Readers are assigned a role (a slave, a pirate, an employee of a wealthy merchant, a rural shopkeeper, etc.) and then placed in a particular market scenario. A hand-drawn map and a heading that lists the time and place helps to fill in the details. The chapters progress from the simple bartering or trading of goods and services, to the Sumerians writing receipts on clay tablets, the Roman development of metal coinage, an 11th-century French trade fair, the European search for spice routes, and eventually to the warehouse stores of today. The dark side of trading is not ignored; sections focus on thieves and piracy as well as the slave market. The "you are there" approach makes the book livelier than a lot of series nonfiction, but it can be confusing. Since the roles are constantly changing, it's sometimes difficult to remember each character's point of view. The book's design is nonintimidating. Information is presented in digestible bites, along with color photographs, reproductions, and colorful drawings. An unusual approach to the topic.Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531158500
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Series:
First Books Series
Pages:
63
Product dimensions:
7.01(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.25(d)

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