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The Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merrill
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Apr 12, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: own, economics, birth-year-books, middle-grade, middle-grade-contemporary
Read in April, 2012

This is a great little story about how an idea becomes a product becomes a business. As a child, I loved the idea that a kid could become a millionaire by creating something everyone used and then selling it at a reasonable price. As an adult, I enjoy the interactions between the characters. Rufus isn't too smart to take advice from his friend Kate, and through helping Rufus, Kate discovers a talent for writing. The technology is a little dated, and today's children may not be familiar with how race relations were in the 1970s, but it's still a good starting point for teaching children about economic basics.
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