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HILLARY'S BIG BUSINESS ADVENTURE (Adventures of Hillary Series)

Author: Lori Nelson

Illustrator: Jerry Craft

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Publisher: Nelson Publishing, LLC,

Material: hard cover

Summary: 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. This is a picture book story that offers lessons in friendship, business, and personal discovery.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 12; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 7 to 10

Reading Level: 5.9

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.

Young Reader 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.

Adult Reader 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.

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

Cons: 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.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The story offers a helpful lesson in setting and reaching goals; it also introduces the idea of saving money.

If You Liked This Book, Try: MAX GETS IT (Can I Have Some Money, Volume 3)   TYLER AND HIS SOLVE-A-MATIC MACHINE (Future Business Leaders Series)   TYLER PASSES THE GOLDEN KEY (Future Business Leaders' Series)

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.

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Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, math, business

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2009

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