Here’s a great new resource for teaching your kids economics. The Tuttle Twins and the Miraculous Pencil follows Ethan and Emily Tuttle on a class field trip to a pencil factory. They learn about how products we consider simple, everyday objects are actually not simple at all! The story explores economic principles such as the division of labor and the spontaneous order of the market, helping students appreciate the complex and “miraculous” production of goods that we often take for granted.
My fifth graders were enamored with this book, and it spurred a wonderful discussion on the market, human cooperation, and international trade. Highly recommended!
For this and more Tuttle Twins books, check out http://www.tuttletwins.com.