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Books to Help Explain the Economy: Ages 4-8

Sometimes, the perfect book can help you tackle the most difficult issues with your little reader. Here are our picks for 4-8.
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The Lady in the Box
Illustrated by Marni Backer

It is wintertime in the city, and Christmas decorations are everywhere. But in Lizzie and Ben's neighborhood, a woman lives in a box, grateful for the warm air that escapes through a vent in the sidewalk.

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Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen
by Dyanne DiSalvo-Ryan , Mira Reisberg Illustrated by Dyanne DiSalvo-Ryan
A boy is confronted with the social issues of poverty and the homeless when he spends a day helping his Uncle Willie in a soup kitchen.
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Fly Away Home
by Eve Bunting Illustrated by Ronald Himler
A homeless boy who lives in an airport with his father, moving from terminal to terminal trying not to be noticed, is given hope when a trapped bird finally finds its freedom.
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Tight Times
by Barbara Shook Hazen Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
A boy asks his parents if he can have a dog. Even though his father explains that times are too tight, the boy receives his wish in a surprising way.
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Those Shoes
by Maribeth Boelts Illustrated by Noah Z. Jones

All Jeremy wants is a pair of those shoes like the ones everyone at school seems to be wearing. Though Jeremy's grandma says they don't have room for "want," just "need," when his old shoes fall apart at school, he is more determined than ever to have those shoes, even a thrift-shop pair that's the wrong size.

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