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Once Upon a Company.: a True Story

Halperin, Wendy Anderson

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ISBN 10: 0531300897 / ISBN 13: 9780531300893
Published by Orchard Books, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 1998
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Once Upon a Company.: a True Story

Publisher: Orchard Books, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Printing

About this title


Tells how a seven-year-old boy and his sisters started a wreath-making business which, over the course of six years, grew to include other businesses, marketing, wholesaling, and investing, and netted more than $16,000

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Ages 6^-10. This is an absolutely winning, and not easily classifiable, picture book. It tells the story of how Halperin's three children became young entrepreneurs in their hometown of South Haven, Michigan. Joel, who is seven the first year, tells how he and his sisters, Kale and Lane, began to make Christmas wreaths to sell, calling their endeavor the College Fund Christmas Wreath Company. In the summer, they build a stand in the shape of a giant peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich and sell pb&j sandwiches and lemonade. At each step, Joel explains how they learned along the way, punctuated by exclamations ("Now, we were merchants!" "Now, we are bookkeepers!"), and what it means to have and run a business, and he gives information about profit and loss, investing, selling, and promotion. A glossary is included. This is all done in the most beguiling way, and not the least of it are the illustrations in Halperin's signature style. Her pencil-and-watercolor pictures are placed in a full-page frame, with many small scenes layered in rows or roundels. We see the children gathering pine boughs, talking on the phone; sharing space at the hardware store, and researching at the library. Text pages have charming heads and grace notes in the manner of an illuminated manuscript, except that the images include a pickup truck and an iguana that turns up in the oddest places. A fine seasonal title, a neat introduction to the world of business, and a clear young voice saying, "Go for it! The world is your friend." GraceAnne A. DeCandido

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