The Toothpaste Millionaire
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The Toothpaste Millionaire

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by Jean Merrill
     
 

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Sixth-grader Rufus Mayflower doesn't set out to become a millionaire. He just wants to save on toothpaste. Betting he can make a gallon of his own for the same price as one tube from the store, Rufus develops a step-by-step production plan with help from his good friend Kate MacKinstrey. By the time he reaches the eighth grade, Rufus makes more than a gallon -- he

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Sixth-grader Rufus Mayflower doesn't set out to become a millionaire. He just wants to save on toothpaste. Betting he can make a gallon of his own for the same price as one tube from the store, Rufus develops a step-by-step production plan with help from his good friend Kate MacKinstrey. By the time he reaches the eighth grade, Rufus makes more than a gallon -- he makes a million! This fun, breezy story set in 1960s Cleveland, Ohio contains many real-life mathematical problems which the characters must solve to succeed in their budding business. Includes black-and-white illustrations by Jan Palmer.

This 35th anniversary edition includes an exclusive author interview and reader's guide with book summary and discussion questions.

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From the Publisher

"Merrill's idealistic construct of how to succeed in business without really trying functions both as a light story and as an explication of free enterprise mechanics." -- Booklist, ALA

"The illustrations are engaging, the style is light, the project interesting -- and Rufus a believable genius." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Breezy and fast-moving." -- The Horn Book

Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
Is it possible for an ordinary (well, maybe not so ordinary) sixth-grade boy to become a millionaire by making and marketing his own brand of toothpaste? Especially when the toothpaste is initially made in a friend's kitchen and packaged in recycled baby food jars? Rufus Mayflower's business success is chronicled by his friend Kate who, (along with their math teacher, classmates, a tell-it-like-it-is newscaster, a savings and loan officer, and an unemployed mechanic) become shareholders in a toothpaste company that is about to put all the national brands out of business. This thirty-fifth anniversary edition includes an exclusive author interview as well as a brief reader's guide with a book summary and discussion questions. A great read-aloud for elementary classrooms with across-the-curriculum connections to math. Like the kids in Mr. Conti's math class, students can figure out solutions to some of the problems posed by Rufus as he puts his business together. This provides a very clear explanation of how an individual starts a business and becomes an entrepreneur. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618759255
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/04/2006
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
116,211
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile:
820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Jean Merrill is the award-winning author of over thirty books for children, including The Superlative Horse, The Black Sheep, and the wellknown satirical novel The Pushcart War.

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