Reviews for Moneymakers : Good Cents for Girls

Kirkus Reviews 1998 September #1
This accessible, educational guide encourages smart skills for smart girls and may be invaluable for entrepreneurs. The compact volume begins with an introductory letter from Pleasant T. Rowland, an entrepreneur who recently sold Pleasant Company for hundreds of millions of dollars to Mattel. A clear, concisely organized format follows, offering advice, tips, and all the basics to starting a business. The chapters are divided into realistic skills, including moneymakers for pet lovers, cooks, babysitters, computer whizzes, and crafters, then goes on to give solid business basics: tips on how to stretch a dollar, setting goals, keeping good records, and more. The true stories that appear at the beginning of each chapter have the most appeal, featuring a real-life young entrepreneur and the nitty-gritty behind her business: why she started, how much she made, and secrets and advice for success. Readers are sure to love the special ``tools'' included, too business cards, forms, price tags, and signs. The reader-friendly format, appealing illustrations, and substantial information makes this an outstanding resource. (Nonfiction. 8-13) Copyright 1998 Kirkus Reviews

Library Talk Reviews 1998 November
Part of the American Girl Library, this book suggests ways for girls to make money using their own interests as a starting place. There are suggestions for pet lovers, cooks, babysitters, computer whizzes, friends, and crafters, as well as a section on keeping track of money, customers, spending, and saving. A highlight is the last section, with business tools for kids: reproducible business cards, inserts, price tags, and order forms. In short, solid tools for starting any business. After each chapter is a true story of a young entrepreneur who had success in the area; the young moneymaker gives her ideas on what worked and what didn't. Look for this book to provide an up-to-date guide to kids looking for ways to make money. However, unlike Better Than a Lemonade Stand: Small Business Ideas for Kids (Beyond Words Publishing, 1992) or Kid Cash: Creative Money-Making Ideas (Tab Books, 1993), this book probably will appeal to girls only, even though boys could start any of these businesses. Recommended. Lynne Hofflund, Library Media Teacher, Cabrillo Middle School, Ventura, California © 1998 Linworth Publishing, Inc.