Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Simeon Recommends

"The grass grew, and so did business."

When a twelve year old boy receives a riding lawn mower from his grandmother, he puts it to use mowing lawns and learning the complexities of free-market capitalism. "Lawn Boy" by Gary Paulsen is an easy read, it's short (99 pages) and filled with boyish humor.

It is also a comic lesson in sound business sense. Chapter titles such as "Labor Acquisition and Its Effects on Capital Growth," and "Economic Expansion Combined with Portfolio Diversification" highlight the ascension of our young hero as he takes on laborers and invests in the stock market.

By the end of the book, this twelve year old has learned some important lessons and is worth half a million dollars. Not too shabby. Simeon says this book is hilarious and I think he's scheming. His father just happens to be buying a riding mower this weekend and a neighbor lady has asked if Simeon mows lawns. Hmmm....