Cleo Edison Oliver, Playground Millionaire

by Sundee T. Frazier (2016)

Cleo Edison Oliver is sassy, confident, independent, and enterprising. She is ready to take on the world. She is open for business.

She’s also just a kid, an African-American girl navigating elementary school. So amid her various enterprising business schemes, this novel is also filled with verve and wordplay!

Cleo will concoct a scheme to sell anything. Avocados. Homemade dog food. Quinoa cupcakes. Anything.

There’s even a money-making scheme to pull teeth with a Nerf gun – the Extractor Extraordinaire™.

All of which combines to make Cleo Edison Oliver a fun family read and a great vehicle to teach financial literacy. Students can learn with Cleo all the basics of being an entrepreneur.  How do I turn an idea into a product? What are the costs and hurdles?  How do I advertise and distribute a product?  What makes a good marketing slogan?  You can learn a lot about business and economics from this delightful young businesswoman with a knack for building an empire.

The story takes place at the playground level so students are sure to be charmed by Cleo’s ambitions.  Parents and teachers will be fascinated to see how Cleo can teach basic financial principles. She might even turn some of your students into budding entrepreneurs.

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