Monday, February 8, 2016

Book Review & Giveaway: What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur?

What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur?

Written By Rana DiOrio & Emma D. Dryden
Genre: Picture Book
Publisher: Little Pickle Press

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. Book six in the award-winning What Does It Mean To Be …?® series, What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur? will be available in January 2016.

My Review

What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur? was such a fun book to read with my six year old son. The first thing I noticed was the type of wording the authors chose to use. I felt the words were perfect to ignite a discussion with your child and talk further about being an entrepreneur. The illustrations were vibrant and helped tell the story. Also, kudos for including ethnic diversity. This book has a very positive vibe for kids to reach for the stars and if mistakes happen, you can learn from them and try again. We need more books like this one for our kids!

I asked my son some questions about the book.

What does it mean to be an entrepreneur?

It's not impossible. If you can dream it, you can do it.

Did you like the pictures in this book?

Yes, I really like the robots!

If you were an entrepreneur, what kind of ideas would you have?

I would make robots to do things for people. A robot to clean your room. A robot to park your car. A robot dog to help blind people cross the street.

Author Bios

Rana DiOrio has written her way through life–as a student, a lawyer, an investment banker, a private equity investor, and now as an author and publisher of children’s media. Her interests include practicing yoga, reading non-fiction and children’s literature, dreaming, effecting positive change, and, of course, being global, green, present, and safe. She lives in San Francisco, California with her three Little Pickles.

Emma D.Dryden lives in the home in which she grew up in New York City, where she was raised by entrepreneurs. Her father was a self-employed actor and her mother a self-employed writer/researcher. A longtime children’s book editor and publisher, Emma spent over twenty years working at a large publishing company before starting her own children’s book editorial and publishing consultancy firm, drydenbks LLC, in 2010. Books Emma has edited have won numerous awards, she’s an Advisory Board member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and she speaks extensively on the art and craft of writing for children. Her blog, “Our Stories, Ourselves”, explores the connections between the human experience and the writing experience, and What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur? is her debut picture book.
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