Yet another new perspective on the cognitive abilities of young children:http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/11/25/247160180/yes-your-toddler-really-is-smarter-than-a-5-year-old
I believe that the way to help a child grow into a their full potential, one that is not forced upon them nor spoon fed to them, is to surround a child ( at a very young age ) as well as their family with subtle, situational and abstract thoughts that convey a strong larger message within. We have been using this method for as long as history can remember for things such as manners, physical activity, potty training, making friends and many more but I believe the same principles can be used to teach more complex concepts that are locked into many university level 101 classes such as economics, business, and science. Having the basic familiarity with these concepts, conveyed through story, can help give more opportunity to children during the most creative, opportunity rich times of their lives.
Erec Makes a Fire is one of the books to begin that trend by targeting the message of entrepreneurism, customers, product development, supply and demand, and exchanges in children before the age of 9 through an entertaining story with fun and lovable characters.