Monday, March 2, 2009
Just how difficult is this to understand?
Today we started Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? in SL Core 5. While I admit that I have been looking forward to this book about as much as I tend to anticipate a nice long stay in the dentist's chair, I was pleasantly surprised at how readable and informative it is.
We finished chapter 1--which was about actual, physical money--and the kids begged for more. We ended up reading another chapter before I pulled the plug and sent them off for their daily rest time.
This is a book about economics. You remember economics, right? The high school class where you studied the desktop and wondered exactly what Shana did to deserve being slurred like that? My older children are 11, 8 and 7. The fact that they asked for more is huge, guys. They paid attention. They learned. They were intrigued.
Best of all, this book truly explains the economy. And hey, what's more timely than that? If you're confused by all of the discussion swirling about the economy, I highly recommend this as an adult read--SL Core not withstanding. Better yet: get it, then read it aloud with your children. Who knows? Maybe listening to Uncle Eric's take will create a generation of people less likely to repeat the mistakes of the recent past.