The Toothpaste Millionaire
  • The Toothpaste Millionaire
  • The Toothpaste Millionaire
  • The Toothpaste Millionaire
ISBN: 0618759255
EAN13: 9780618759255
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 1, 2006
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 0.5" H x 8.2" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

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

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   The best life-changing business book money can buy.
I read it for the first time when I was around eight years old. I had no idea of the influence that it would have on my career. What better story about a young entrepreneur who defies the odds and creates a product, figures out how to sell it on a subscription basis and sets the competition reeling to try and capture their market share back. As a kid, I was the one who came up with all business ideas, from selling painted fake gold rocks to starting a daily pickup program. I am a new business owner from time to time, and I still come back to this book to gain inspiration before launching a new product line or diving into a new business risk. This book to your children gives you a great deal of pleasure and read it again as a seasoned adult. It is best to take it with a grain of salt and learn from the basics of business.
This book is just fantastic! Such an inspiring story about how a kid can be creative and entrepreneur. After reading this story, my son made a list of ideas of how he could come up with his business ideas!
   recommend for upper elementary
I have two great daughters, 8 and 9. I like to read the books they are doing as a mass reading, and order the books they are. I was a librarian 20 years ago, so that most books are now new to me. This book is a great learning lesson in ingenuity and some mathematics. It is creative. The kids should enjoy themselves. May encourage parents to help develop their children's ideas. I mailed my copy to the grand children to keep in their home library, in the classroom or at the school library.
   I absolutely loved it!
It is the inspiring story of a smart, hard-working kid who starts his own toothpaste company and becomes a millionaire in the sixth grade.
   Love this book!
Great little book to help the entrepreneur out there in miniatures!
   Encourages Entrepreneurial Spirit in Youth
We even copied the toothpaste recipe and brainstormed our own ideas for inventions and then followed researching inventors. One of the main characters is also African American, so that it is also ideal for use during the Black History Month, as well.
   Dated with some great topic coverage
I love the gumption of a group of kids who have a project like this toothpaste venture. Yes, the writing is dated, but it also makes a lot of sense. There is no mention of fluoride and the author clearly did not do a lot of research on toothpaste or product manufacturing. More importantly, it is sexist. After reading this out loud to my children, I still have no idea why Rufus is referred to as a genius and given all the credit for this company. Kathryn found the machine, bought the toothpaste tubes, found the mechanic to run the machine and act as manager, and basically contributed to every aspect of this company. This book is horribly sexist in this sense of glossing over her contributions completely.
My 9-year-old read this outloud to me. It was a good book that can inspire young people. It addresses discrimination, the price fixing of products and a little bit of sexism. The major character is a problem solver who does not like waste. This book may help a child see the different value of math and practical ways that a person could use that knowledge.