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Sam Walton : rethinking retail
Mara, Wil.
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Publication Information:
New York : Children's Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
48 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 22 cm.
Readers will discover how founder Sam Walton turned his philosophy of low prices and high volume into one of the world's most powerful businesses.
A hardworking boy -- The art of selling things -- The Walmart legend begins -- The big truth! Groundbreaking ideas in retail -- Big, bigger, biggest -- The fall of the giant -- True statistics.
Reading Level:
910 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.7 0.5 161572.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 6.3 3 Quiz: 61521.

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HC102.5.W35 M37 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Explore important business concepts and take a look at the lives of some of the most important entrepreneurs in history. Fascinating text details the life stories and accomplishments of world-changing businessleaders. Readers are also provided with the knowledge they need to understand the basics of the economy and start businesses of their own. Clear text illustrates important business principles and provides readers with the information they need to one day become entrepreneurs Sidebars and timelines provide context for some of history's most incredible business achievements Glossaries clarify important words used in each book Photos and illustrations bring history to life and provide reference points for difficult concepts Additional content for further learning on this subject available at

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

In this not exactly balanced biography in the Great American Business series, Mara offers up a glowing portrait of Sam Walton as a hugely successful businessman and even a daring thinker, while barely touching upon the downside of Walton's controversial business practices. The founder of Walmart is described as working hard both on the family farm and at school, serving his country during WWII, and then mastering the retail business, one store at a time. In a final bit of cheerleading, Mara concludes that Walton's greatest legacy was proving it was possible to start with nothing and make it all the way to the top. Snazzy layouts and bright photos are inherent to the True Book brand, and any way you slice it, this is an unexpected topic that many kids will respond to.--Nolan, Abby Copyright 2010 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-These volumes all start with two statements, and readers are encouraged to "Find the answer in this book" to discover which one is true. Some of the titles are biographies of famous businessmen (for example, Walt Disney), while others are topical (for example, entrepreneurship), which shows a lack of focus in the series. The length of the books and the large font suggest a younger audience than the content indicates. The writing style is often choppy and stilted (e.g., "No one gets very far by being ignorant....If you studied hard and learned a lot, you're going to do very well"). Chapters are short, with headings, large font, and plenty of captioned photos and reproductions, though some photos are grainy with distorted color. Overall, not an impressive set. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.