Concepts for Kids
1. When people are poor they have trouble buying
things that make life safer and more comfortable.
2. Things poor people may not be able to afford include:
3. Poverty is people being poor for years.
4. The opposite of poverty is prosperity. Where people are prosperous, most can afford to buy things that make their lives safer and more comfortable.
5. For most of history, humans were poor.
6. In some parts of the world, humans are still poor.
7. Prosperity results when wealth is created.
8. Wealth is anything that makes life better. Examples:
9. Wealth also permits people to buy help from other people. Examples:
10. Free trade is an important part of how people
become prosperous. It encourages the creation of wealth through
by Kate Smith Milway
This wonderful tale describes how a loan to an African boy, which he uses to buy a chicken, leads to prosperity for his community. The story details how hard work, budgeting, saving, investing, and using educational opportunities helps businesses grow, increases employment, and creates wealth. The story would appeal to students age seven and older, the illustrations to everyone.
Visions of Beauty: The Story of Sarah Breedlove Walker
by Kathryn Lasky
The first free-born child of her parents, Sarah Breedlove Walker grew up poor and worked hard to support herself. Though she dreamed of being confidant and proud, she labored as a farm worker, laundress, and cook. Seeing the need African American women had for healthful hair care products, Sarah developed her own. With incredible business acumen, courage, and ambition, Sarah built a beauty product empire. She became wealthy, philanthropic, influential, and helped her many employees become prosperous.
by James Rumford
In the poor country of Chad, Thomas is excited to begin school. First, the students must work with their teacher to erect the school building and construct the desks. After that, the academics begin and last for nine months. School ends when the rainy season arrives. The wind and rain almost destroy the school so the cycle of construction begins again.
The Water Princess
by Susan Verde
Gie Gie calls herself a princess and shares with readers her special powers. But everyday, she and her mother must walk for hours to collect water for drinking and washing. With its earth tone hues and expressive illustrations, this story clearly depicts the reality of life in a poor country.