This is a solid resource that enables children to produce items that are appealing to most youngsters. However, children may not immediately choose these books themselves. The illustrations do not jump off the page and appear to be a bit outdated. Each book contains a chapter on the history or background, inner workings, and production of an item. This series would probably be used more often if purchased as a teacher reference.
Library Media Connection 2011
This book will help a young person start a business with step by step instructions. The book contains information about figuring out what to do to start a business, how to write a business plan, and turning your plan into reality.
Tacoma School District #10, January 2012
This title includes much information about the history of candles and candlemaking around the world, as well as scientific information about burn rates, soot, why candles might drip, and the different materials used for wicks. One chapter is devoted to candlemaking instruction for the student reader. Interesting, informative, and presented in clear, uncluttered style. Occasional hyphenation across pages is noticeable as an editing item, but nothing major. Highly Recommended.
Arlington Independent School District, June 2011
This particular book is directly curriculum related for several grades (2 and 4 at least) and that is why I've given it a high rating. The book starts out with the incentive - making money - and describes how some people have created businesses in pursuit of that. Different kinds of businesses that kids can do are described, and in doing so, economic terms are brought up naturally and incorporated, i.e., "profitable," "competition," "marketing," and more. A glossary is provided to further explain these terms. After the "idea" section, the nuts and bolts of starting and running a business are explained in the section "Business Basics." Banking and pricing are among the topics explained. The text and format are very accessible with large font and not overly long explanations. However, there are some side boxes with more details about particular things like "Making a Budget. Appropriate photographs illustrate almost each page. The third section describes and walks the reader through making a business plan - very helpful! The last section called "Making it Work," chronicles the experience of three children who created and ran a small business to make money. I think the author did an excellent job of making the topic realistic, accessible, and very educational under the subject heading of "economics." Though having a very unintimidating appearance and attractive appeal, the books in the series do not compromise content.
Fairfax Public County Schools, March 2012