A Pocketful of Pigs
Once there was no money.
If people wanted to get something , they had to give
something. This is the way it used to be.
"I will give you my cow for your pig," a man
would say. "I'll give you my bowl if you give me a shirt,"
another would say.
"Here are seven oranges for one fish. "
"Will you give mc a chicken for a bag of
People had to trade things every day. They had to give a thing to ge.t a
thing because there wasn't any money.
But they had to work out a good trade . one that came
What could you get for two chickens? Were thrce bags of
apples a good trade for two bags of grapes? Or onc bag of apples for a
little butter? What was an even trade? It was hard to know.
And it was too hard to carry around all the thinga for
trading. People had to use too much time getting things they needed. So
they thought of a new way to trade.
They thought of money.
Money could "stand for" apples, or bowls, or
And a pocketful of money was better than a pocketful of
With money, it was not so hard to trade. Everyone could
use money. The man who needed a.pig could buy it with money. The man who
sold the pig could keep the moyey until he needed something. People could
work for money, and people buy things with the money they got from work.