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What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur?

What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur?

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by Rana DiOrio

When Rae witnesses an ice cream-and-doggie mishap, she’s inspired to create a big-scale solution to help get dogs clean. Rae draws on her determination, resilience, and courage until she— and everyone else in her community— learns just what it means to be an entrepreneur.


When Rae witnesses an ice cream-and-doggie mishap, she’s inspired to create a big-scale solution to help get dogs clean. Rae draws on her determination, resilience, and courage until she— and everyone else in her community— learns just what it means to be an entrepreneur.

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“The light hearted approach to this important topic would appeal to children and leave them with the assurance that entrepreneurship is not only for adults.” RecommendedSchool Library Connection

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
An entrepreneur is usually defined as “one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise.” This definition imparts no positive or negative connotations, but it does specify an association with a business. Some dictionaries add, “with the purpose of making money,” quite plausible if an entrepreneur assumes financial risks. The authors of this volume of the picture-book series “What Does It Mean to Be…?” specifically deny that being an entrepreneur has anything to do with making money, buying a business, or speaking French (though entrepreneur has long been adopted into the English language). From there, three children watch a fashionable Frenchwoman drop ice cream on her dog, which starts little Rae imagining how to solve the “problem”—apparently, how to wash the dog. After that, it is a self-help book for young entrepreneurs with one bit of advice or encouragement on each page, accompanying Rae’s evolving idea to build several working robots and set up a dog-washing business. She persists until she succeeds. Of course, the French lady brings her dogs to this “innovative solution,” even though washing a dog is hardly an occasion for inventing four robots using a tremendous amount of resources and power—the robots appear to be operated by large windup keys. Well, perhaps the text, along with Ken Min’s super-energetic cartoon illustrations (boldly combining reds, yellows, and oranges), will help young kids understand the concept of entrepreneurship. Since the publishers say their mission is “to foster kindness in young people…in a manner congruent with that goal,” some of the other titles in this series about what it means to be—for example, kind, green, or global—might better achieve that goal. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft; Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—The sixth title in this series, this book aims to foster a positive entrepreneurial spirit in young readers. It offers a fun approach to a difficult concept, beginning with an explanation about what an entrepreneur should not be about (money, elitism) and moving forward to exploring more inspiring motives (problem-solving, curiosity, the desire to help others). Featuring diverse characters, the illustrations provide most of the story line, with a young girl named Rae looking for an inventive solution for dog washing. Young readers will delight in the wacky ideas (a dog-washing robot) and will feel a sense of accomplishment and wonder with Rae's success in the final spread. The text does employ important but challenging vocabulary words, such as entrepreneur, initiative, and innovative. VERDICT While children may not select this title on their own, it would be a useful addition to collections to inspire creativity.—Jane Hebert, Glenside Public Library District, Glendale Heights, IL

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Little Pickle Press, Inc.
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What Does It Mean To Be...? Series
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10.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.40(d)
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Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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"Inspires young dreamers to find the courage to be doers." - Jerry Greenfield, Co-Founder Ben & Jerry's

Meet the Author

Rana DiOrio has been helping companies grow since graduating from law school. As a lawyer, investor, and investment banker, she has assisted hundreds of management teams in achieving their goals. Becoming a mother inspired Rana to find a way to align her career and values. Her solution was to become an entrepreneur, founding Little Pickle Press in 2009 as a social mission company dedicated to creating media that fosters kindness in children, including her own. Rana sits on the Executive Committee and Board of the Independent Book Publishers Association, and the Advisory Boards of GrapeSeed, Stepping Stories, and Vanderbilt University School of Law. Her personal pursuits include fitness training, practicing yoga, reading non-fiction and children’s books, dreaming big dreams and helping other entrepreneurs realize theirs, and, of course, being global, green, present, safe, and kind. She lives in San Francisco, California with The Cowboy and her three Little Pickles. Follow Rana DiOrio on Twitter at @ranadiorio.

Emma D. Dryden is the founder of drydenbks, a premier children’s editorial and publishing consultancy firm which she established after twenty-five years as a highly regarded children’s book editor and publisher. During the course of her career, Emma has edited over a thousand books for children and young readers and during her tenure with Atheneum and McElderry Books, many of her titles hit bestseller lists in USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, and other national publications. Books published under Emma's guidance have received numerous awards and medals, including but not limited to the Newbery Medal, Newbery Honor, and Caldecott Honor. Emma speaks regularly on craft, the digital landscape, and reinvention, and her blog “Our Stories, Ourselves” explores the intertwined themes of life and writing. She can be followed online at Twitter (@drydenbks), Facebook, and Pinterest. Emma lives in New York City.

Ken Min will tell you he was born on an ice floe and raised by a clan of penguins who read to him every night from the works of Margret & H.A. Rey, William Joyce, and DC Comics. He’ll also say that he learned to paint by throwing his food at the walls. In reality he was born in Los Angeles and studied illustration at Art Center, College of Design. He has storyboarded for various commercials and animated TV shows such as The PJs and Futurama. His illustration work has been recognized numerous times by the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). In 2012, the first picture book he illustrated, Hot, Hot Roti For Dada-Ji, received the Picture Book Honor Award for Literature from the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA). These days, you will find Ken illustrating, storyboarding, writing, and dreaming up stories for children. Ken lives in Los Angeles.

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What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur? 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
EMG48 More than 1 year ago
A beautiful book for young and old readers alike. The text is heart warming and deeply felt about the passion, creativity, and persistence that goes with being an entrepreneur, meaningful qualities for any reader at any stage of life. The illustrations show a story unfold that young readers will enjoy. Beautifully written and illustrated, this book would be a great gift for someone who has taken the leap into entrepreneurship as well.