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The toothpaste millionaire
Merrill, Jean.
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Publication Information:
Prince Frederick, Md. : Recorded Books, [1998]

Physical Description:
2 audiocassettes (2 hr.) : analog.
A young girl describes how her school friend made over a million dollars by creating and marketing a cheaper and better toothpaste.
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Reading Level:
10 and up
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Author Notes

Jean Merrill was born in Rochester, New York on January 27, 1923. She received an undergraduate degree from Allegheny College and a master's degree in English from Wellesley College in 1945. After graduation, she worked as an editor for Scholastic Magazine.

Her first book, Henry the Hand-Painted Mouse, was published in 1951. In 1952 she received a Fulbright Fellowship to study folklore at the University of Madras in India. She later based several of her books on Asian folk stories including Shan's Lucky Knife, The Girl Who Loved Caterpillars, and The Superlative Horse, which won a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. Her other books include A Song for Gar, Blue's Broken Heart, and The Pushcart War, which won a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. She also wrote a dozen scripts for animated television adaptations of her work. The Toothpaste Millionaire was adapted for television in 1974. She died from cancer on August 2, 2012 at the age of 89.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-With hard work and ingenuity, even a middle school student can make a million dollars. At least that's what happens to Rufus Mayflower, the hero of Jean Merrill's novel (HM, 1974) that takes place in a racially mixed neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio. The Toothpaste Millionaire recounts how the young entrepreneur, dismayed over the high price of toothpaste, decides to make his own inexpensive alternative which he sells door to door. Eventually this leads to a television appearance which increases demand for his product. He gets involved in an all out battle between top toothpaste brand manufacturers worried about market share. All of these fictional but almost believable events are chronicled by Rufus' good friend and business associate, Katy. Concerns about possible racial discrimination are mentioned, but the main focus of the book is on clever problem solving and how it can lead to great rewards. Narrator Julie Dretzin presents the story in a well-paced and youthful style. The caricature cover art showing a jaunty Rufus sitting on a pile of money adds eye appeal to the sturdy plastic case. Young listeners with an interest in making money will learn that teamwork and a willingness to keep trying are key elements for success.-Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.