Fleas, written by Jeanne Steig & illustrated by Britt Spencer, is a comical look at bartering.
With it’s quirky characters and colorful pictures, Fleas is all about bartering. The main character Quantz starts off by rubbing a dog in his garden and catching his fleas. He trades the fleas for a talkative old uncle and the uncle for some cheese. The bartering continues on until Quantz at the end of bartering has a bone. Fleas has touches of rhyming, “A wig! What a glorious thingamajig!” It also incorporates snippets of alliteration “The tiny creatures dance graceful gavottes, fancy fandangos, and riotous rhumbas.”At the end of the story, Quantz sees the dog, and they step inside a tent where all of the characters, along with all of their trades, have made a circus.
Fleas is a great resource when you are studying bartering. It talks about how you can trade an item with someone else, if that person wants the item you are wanting to trade. It is connected to VA SOL Social Studies Economics 2.8 The student will distinguish between the use of barter and the use of money in the exchange for goods and services.
- For a lesson plan that has students bartering go to Learn NC.
- Potato: A Tale from the Great Depression is a lesson plan with worksheets.
- Students can learn a song about Trading.
- Lewis and Clark barter with the Native Americansis a webquest that students can do on bartering.
- The Day 1-B is for Barter activity at A Virtual Field Trip to the Fed is an activity using Native Americans and Colonial American Trappers.
Illustrator: Britt Spencer
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 32 pages
Grade Range: 2-6