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Isabel's Car Wash

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  10 reviews
PThe doll Isabel wants costs more than the money she has. She decides to start a car wash business to make money. But at the hardware store she learns that her supplies will cost five dollars! She thinks long and hard and comes up with a plan.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Albert Whitman & Company
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Oct 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: chris, acton-academy
Isabel's Car Wash tells the story of a girl who uses creativity, courage, and hard work to start her own car wash. Isabel needs to make money in order to buy a doll she really wants. She doesn't have the money to buy the supplies she needs for the car wash, so she comes up with the creative and possibly risky solution of borrowing money from her friends with a promise to pay them back. On the day of the car wash, she sets a bargain price and works very hard, and her business is a success! We ...more
Christina Scullen
This book is cute because this little girl wants a doll, but she doesn't have enough money. She decided to start a car wash, but she realized she didn't have enough money for the supplies. She decided to borrow one dollar from each of her 5 friends for it. She started her car wash and charged $1.00 per car. She made $20.00. She gave each of her friends $2.00, so she was left with 10 to buy her doll. When she went to the store, it was $10.50 and they told her that it was because of tax. I think ...more
Oct 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid
Good book to read your kid in a down economy, especially if you have to rely on them to start bringing home the bacon. Written by Sheila Bair, former Chairman of the FDIC, Professor of Finanance, former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasure and Senior VP of the NYSE, this book teaches kids the fundamentals of investing and growing a business! Yeah, really!
Jack Cheng
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Yes, by THAT Sheila Bair, who recently stepped down as chair of the FDIC. This book is about a girl who wants to buy a doll so she decides to wash cars to make money. But she needs to buy supplies so she convinces five friends to invest a dollar each in her business.

Told simply and clearly, this is a neat way for kids to understand basic principles of capitalism. Also, the story is cute.
Oct 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I've been looking for a book for young students about earning money. This one's not bad ... a little wordy for kindergarten, but would probably work for 1st and 2nd grade.
Tammy Flanders
Pretty didactic but illustrates point well enough.
Laura Haske
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
A child's introduction to profit sharing and entrepreneurship.
Andrea Labonte
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Good way to learn how to make money.
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great book for teaching shares of stock and profit and such. Cute story with an endearing main character.
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