Visual treat with a profound lesson - What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur? (Book Review)

What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur?

Written By Rana DiOrio & Emma D. Dryden

Illustrator: Ken Min

Genre: Picture Book for Children, Ages 4-8

Publisher: Little Pickle Press

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My Review

What does it mean to be an Entrepreneur? 
Entrepreneur - rather big word, bigger if you think of a child reading it and trying to understand it. 
Oxford Dictionary defines Entrereneur as 'A person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit'. I may not have used such precise words, but that does perfectly reveals what I thought.
Not any more, though.

A children's book changed my thought process of it.

Let us look at it from a child's point of view. 
Rae looks like a regular girl. She could be my friend. She looks friendly. She has great ideas and I like the fact that she is not afraid to think wierd stuff. Wierd stuff does lead to some very good things in the end.
That's why Rae is an entrepreneur.

I liked this response of my daughter to this book. She liked the colorful illustrations and the little details in them.

The way I see it, what I child gets from this book is an inspiration to think freely, and question and understand the grownup world.

The interesting thing is that in the 15 pages of 'What does it mean to be an entrepeneur?', I also found myself thinking about the answer to this question differently. 

The illustrations of this book are detailed and very attractive. The pictures are great to go back to and enjoy the many subtleties. 
The language are simple, making every word count, and thus, making it perfect for a child.

I really enjoyed the visual treat and subtle, yet profound, lesson of the 'What does it mean to be an entrepreneur'.

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About the book

When Rae witnesses an ice cream-and-doggie mishap, she’s inspired to create a big-scale solution to help get dogs clean. Rae draws on her determination, resilience, and courage until she—and everyone else in her community—learns just what it means to be an entrepreneur. Book six in the award-winning What Does It Mean To Be …?® series, What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur? will be available in January 2016.

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About the authors

Rana DiOrio has written her way through life–as a student, a lawyer, an investment banker, a private equity investor, and now as an author and publisher of children’s media. Her interests include practicing yoga, reading non-fiction and children’s literature, dreaming, effecting positive change, and, of course, being global, green, present, and safe. She lives in San Francisco, California with her three Little Pickles.

Emma D.Dryden lives in the home in which she grew up in New York City, where she was raised by entrepreneurs. Her father was a self-employed actor and her mother a self-employed writer/researcher. A longtime children’s book editor and publisher, Emma spent over twenty years working at a large publishing company before starting her own children’s book editorial and publishing consultancy firm, drydenbks LLC, in 2010. Books Emma has edited have won numerous awards, she’s an Advisory Board member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and she speaks extensively on the art and craft of writing for children. Her blog, “Our Stories, Ourselves”, explores the connections between the human experience and the writing experience, and What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur? is her debut picture book.


  1. Thank you for sharing your perspective and kind kudos. We hope that this title challenges others' preconceived notions of what it means to be an entrepreneur and inspires readers, young and younger, to do great things.

    1. I always enjoy reading Children's books. There is a pleasure in learning and at times, re-learning the many small, important things that make a difference.


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