Book 1: Starting a business


When Tek rides up on his new bike, Hillary decides she wants one too. Her friends just laugh, because Tek's bike is expensive. But Hillary has a plan. She calls her friends together and they pool their talents for the big sale, a combination garage sale and bake sale.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This picture book offers lessons in business, cooperation, and success for upper elementary students.

Content Awareness Factors:

Although the author is trying to suggest savings, Hillary still got immediate gratification and there is no sense of any other goals to work toward.

Little Kid Reaction

I liked how Hillary saved her money to get the bike she wanted. The book has a good moral: if I want something, I need to save for it. I would buy this book for my sister; she is bad about saving money.

Big Kid Reaction

This is a story that kids will relate to. There is always a friend who has something they want, and it's probably expensive. I liked that the kids opened savings accounts with their earnings (each got $182) and that they donated the leftover items to charity. What was disappointing though, was that Hillary immediately spent the money on a bike.

Type of Book:
This is a picture book story that offers lessons in friendship, business, and personal discovery.
Educational Themes:

The story is a step-by-step process with great detail about how Hillary and her friends created the big sale. The author also includes a guide for creating a fund-raising project of their own.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
6 to 12
Age of child:
Read by a 10-year-old child at Effort Baptist Church as part of the Children's Ministry and Use Your ABCs project.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. The story offers a helpful lesson in setting and reaching goals; it also introduces the idea of saving money.

Title Hillary's Big Business Adventure

Adventures Of Hillary

Author Lori Nelson
Publisher Nelson Publishing, LLC © 2008
Illustrators Jerry Craft
ISBN 9780979417108
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Math, Business
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