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Jack of All Tails / by Kim Norman, illustrated by David Clark


Title:  Jack of All Tails
Author:  Kim Norman
Illustrator:  David Cark
Publisher:   Dutton Children's Books
ISBN:   978-0-525-47793-8
Year:  2007
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level: 3.0

Concepts:  entrepreneurship, services, jobs, training

Review:  Kristi, a creative child with bright ideas, persuades her family members to start a family business that helps customers with their pet problems.  By acting like people’s pets, Kristi and family help train children how to own, train, and take care of a pet. Funny examples of their antics include eating crickets, chasing balls, and making puddles on the floor.  Kristi helps to promote the business by pinning up posters, designing a website, and posting a sign on the side of their van.  While Kristi’s family members have no trouble finding regular customers, Kristi’s mishaps make it more difficult for her to find her niche.

This amusing and well-illustrated book weaves important economics lessons about entrepreneurship, services, jobs, and training into an interesting and unique story about using one’s talents and starting a family business.  Primary-grade teachers, parents, and volunteers seeking high-quality children’s literature with useful content will be pleased with this selection.

Review by:  Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

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