Series Feature: Kidventure

If you have an entreprenurial-minded middle grade reader, this series of books is perfectly designed to help enhance that spirit with wholesome and practical examples that are fun to read. If you missed my blog about Chance's first adventure, you can read more about it here.

The fun continues in Book 2. Read on for more!

After a successful summer building a pool-cleaning business, eleven-year-old Chance is on the lookout for anything that might be another exciting business venture. As the weather turns colder and snow appears in the forecast, Chance sees the potential for a snow shoveling business, and he joins forces with his sister Addie to make it happen. But the business model does not work the same way as it did for their pool cleaning business, and Addie and Chance are left making mistakes and learning from them as the winter goes on. Their inquisitive sister Sophie and their parents help Addie and Chance puzzle out their challenges, and even though not everything goes according to plan, they all learn a great deal from their experiences and are left feeling ready for their next KidVenture.

This business-centered middle grade chapter book is an entertaining and informative sequel to the first installment of the KidVenture series. Written in short chapters that are filled with ample dialogue, the plot moves quickly and readers are immediately invested in Chance’s idea. At the end of each chapter, readers find critical thinking questions that encourage reflection about what has taken place in that chapter, allowing readers the opportunity to consider how they might react in a similar situation. Additionally, occasional illustrations and mathematical equations help readers better understand the finer points of the story in a visual format. This design makes the book accessible to younger readers in a variety of ways even if the math and business concepts seem complex at first.

Chance and his siblings are fortunate to have a supportive family and the means to help make their dreams come true. But they are not always successful, and they make several errors that are painful to remedy. These components ground the story in the truth of business, demonstrating first-hand how difficult it can be to build an enterprise from the ground up. Middle grade readers with an interest in entrepreneurship will learn a great deal from the KidVenture series and will likely be inspired to establish their own businesses after reading each novel. Intriguing and well-designed, these books are excellent resources for business-minded young people.

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