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Children's LiteratureTwenty-four pages filled with large-print text, concise information, and up-to-date photos bring the concept of "scarcity" up close for youngsters who are learning about their community. This book is one of several in the "Learning about Money" series. The series falls under the "First Facts" umbrella in Capstone's selections. While the information presented is of interest to all youngsters, it may be best suited for classrooms focusing on the subject of basic economics. All books follow the same pattern. Eight chapters consisting of two-page spreads have basic information as it relates to the every day world of youngsters. For instance, the opening chapter explains "scarcity" by having only one orange to offer when three girls want one. Other topics include buying a toy that is higher priced because it is scarce, and the topic of gasoline being scarce. Bright photos closely match the text. Short, sidebar facts are on some pages. An activity at the end of the book allows kids to learn more about the topic by making the treat called S'mores. A glossary and an index are included. 2006, Capstone Press, Ages 5 to 8.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury