Children's Literature - Enid PortnoyYou have shopped in the stores now find out more about the man behind Walmart. Wil Mara has created this in depth biography on Sam Walton for younger readers to learn more about this true American success story. Sam Walton ran Walmart for more than twenty five years. Growing up during the Great Depression, gave Sam Walton an appreciation for hard work and financial security. After working a variety of jobs and being a keen observer of best business practices. Sam's idea was to give people fine quality products for the lowest prices That was his business model behind the original Walton's Variety Store and expanded to Walmart and Sam's Club. Today Walmart is in every State in the United States, and in more than six thousand countries in the world. Pages labeled True Statistics, Resources about Walton's life, Important Words, and an Index are found at the back of the book. Mara has written other educational books for children. This book could inspire a whole new generation of young entreprenuers. Reviewer: Enid Portnoy
School Library Journal11/01/2013
Gr 3–6—These volumes all start with two statements, and readers are encouraged to "Find the answer in this book" to discover which one is true. Some of the titles are biographies of famous businessmen (for example, Walt Disney), while others are topical (for example, entrepreneurship), which shows a lack of focus in the series. The length of the books and the large font suggest a younger audience than the content indicates. The writing style is often choppy and stilted (e.g., "No one gets very far by being ignorant….If you studied hard and learned a lot, you're going to do very well"). Chapters are short, with headings, large font, and plenty of captioned photos and reproductions, though some photos are grainy with distorted color. Overall, not an impressive set.
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