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In the magical city of Nessibus, Tyler, dreams of sailing around the world. Without a father and mother, he has no idea how he will ever make this dream come true. That is until the Great Spirit of the Entrepreneurs calls him to invent a great machine to help him do his homework and create a business to make many of these machines for his friends. Rising to the challenge, Tyler befriends a hungry monkey, a chatty octopus, and a number-crunching polar bear to help him get his business running. But pirate parrots, loan sharks and united termites threaten his dream.

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Tyler & His Solve-a-Matic Machine is the first book in the Future Business Leaders Series™, an adventure series designed to teach pre-teen kids business concepts and entrepreneurship. In the series, author Bouani interlinks the values of community and friendship with business. Business lessons covered in Tyler & His Solve-a-matic Machine are:

  • Self-Esteem
  • Product Design
  • Supplies
  • Time Management
  • Real Estate
  • Patents
  • Employees
  • Negotiations

ISBN-13: 978-0-9779265-2-7 
Publish Date: May 2006, Dec 2010
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gift for writing The lessons in this book will help a new generation of entrepreneurs, January, 2010
By Jonathan Ortmans, Sr. Fellow, Kauffman Foundation:  “Developing the human capital of young Americans is vital to keep America’s entrepreneurial economy growing. An important goal in our kids’ education should be to infuse early on entrepreneurial skills, such as opportunity-recognition and risk-taking. This book contributes to this goal. The story takes the young reader on an adventure—much like that of a real-life entrepreneur—learning lessons in an interactive and engaging way. As Tyler works to develop his idea into a business, each problem he faces is cleverly put into a riddle, giving both Tyler and the reader an opportunity to develop creative-thinking and problem-solving skills. These are vital skills for young people to have, whether or not they end up becoming entrepreneurs. At the same time, tangible business lessons are learned, such as how to find capital, how to negotiate wages, and when to trust a business partner.  In the future, more than any time in history, in their passion to do good and do well, young people will get involved at some point in their career in a start-up.  The intellectual lessons in this book will help a new generation of entrepreneurs, so that they may be inspired to unleash their ideas and make a difference in their world.”
gift for writing An easy, fun way for parents to spark & foster children’s entrepreneurial spirit, January, 2010
By Jack Harris, President, Junior Achievement of Georgia: “As an organization that focuses on teaching young people about entrepreneurship, parents frequently ask us for additional resources they can use at home.  Tyler & His Solve-a-Matic Machine is an easy, fun way for parents to spark and foster children’s entrepreneurial spirit.  Children relate to the engaging characters and understand that they too can make their dreams into reality.”
gift for writing Prepares kids for the changing economy and gets them excited about entrepreneurship, January, 2010
By Natalie MacNeil, Founder of SheTakesOnTheWorld.com & Co-founder of GarageEntrepreneurs.com :   “Entrepreneurship is the backbone of our economy, yet entrepreneurship is not a subject kids are actively taught. That is what makes Bouani's series so important. She is teaching kids about an important concept and delivers valuable lessons in a fun and engaging way. The Future Business Leaders' Series prepares kids for the changing economy and gets them excited about entrepreneurship.” 
gift for writing Well-written and deserves a wide audience, January, 2010
By David Gordon, Fellow, Von Mises Institute: “'Tyler & His Solve-a-matic Machine' is an enjoyable adventure study that aims to introduce children to some of the basic concepts of capitalism. The book is well-written and deserves a wide audience.”
gift for writing Kudos to Jennifer Bouani for writing such an important book! January, 2010
By Shelly Roche:  “I love the concept of this book--that it plants an entrepreneurial seed in kids' minds, and shows them they have the power to solve their own problems. As a child, I was constantly told I could do anything and be anything. If I had read this book back then, I can only imagine the ideas it would have sparked.  For kids that don't have that kind of support, this book could be the first place they hear they don't have to accept the status quo, and that their ideas have value.  Kudos to Jennifer Bouani for writing such an important book!”
inspiring kids We need more books like this to help future generations compete on global level, January, 2010
By Chia-Li Chien, CFP, CRPC, PMP; Chief Strategy Officer of Chien Associates LLC, Columnist for WomenEntrepreneur.com: "We need more books like this to help our future generation compete on the global level.  If we don’t prepare for it, our future generation will compete with cheaper and better quality education from India and China.  Entrepreneurship creates jobs. Without entrepreneurship, there will be no innovations, no advancement, no jobs.  We, as parents, teachers and entrepreneurs, must help build that foundation for our future generation, not just to compete, but to lead the innovation globally.”
gift for writing Jennifer Bouani and the Gift for Writing for Children, March 29, 2007
  By Grady Harp, Top 10 Amazon Reviewer: Every so often a new writer surfaces who along with the company of the likes of Roald Dahl, EB White, CS Lewis and others has the talent to speck to children about things adult in a manner that is not only informative and correct intelligently, but at the same time keeps in mind the importance of molding the realm of fantasy and tales that still focus the attention of all of us. Jennifer Bouani has the gift and in TYLER & HIS SOLVE-A-MATIC MACHINE she bows on stage as a skilled thinker and a consummate communicator. Billed as a part of a series for 'Future Business Leaders', this story is told through the palpably real ten year old orphan... More...
   
capture kid attention Great read and a wonderful story, April 2, 2007
  By Michael J Woznicki, Top 100 Amazon Reviewer: What makes a great book? What is that, that will capture a child's attention and make him read a 120 page book in less than 2 hours? Reading a book about an orphan child making his dream come true would just about cover it. Watching the journey that Tyler takes in this book captured my son and had him not just reading the pages but also involved in the storyline from beginning to end. The story is interesting, fun, easy to follow and most of all exciting making it fun to read. The plot takes you from one adventure to another and is keeps you wanting more from beginning to end. More...
   
inspiring kids I read this with my son and he was inspired by this book (so was I), June 25, 2006
  By K. Corn, Top 100 Amazon Reviewer: ...Unlike many financial or business books written for children, this one approaches kids from their level - with an engaging story, plenty of mystery and suspense and a thorough look at what it takes to go from budding entrepreneur to having a solid business plan. I asked my son what he thought of the book when we finished it and he said, "I learned about what it takes to succeed in business and that you should be patient, do your research and stick with it. You can't give up easily and you have to know how to market what you make. " I was impressed. More...
   
inspiring kids A great way to get young kids interested in business, September 9, 2008
  By Fae, 13-year old blogger: ...the best part of this book was that it teaches children about businesses and entrepeneurs. The author included many clever metaphors that explained real life things that an entrepreneur would have to know about. Copyrighting, for example, was personified by the “pirate parrots.” There are very real lessons to be learned from this book. I am looking forward to reading the next installment in this series!he best part of this book was that it teaches children about businesses and entrepeneurs. The author included many clever metaphors that explained real life things that an entrepreneur would have to know about. Copyrighting, for example, was personified by the “pirate parrots.” There are very real lessons to be learned from this book. I am looking forward to reading the next installment in this series! More...
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iParenting Media Hot Product award tyler solve-a-matic machine bouani

This book has been honored with Disney's nationally prestigious iParenting Media Award, 2007 Excellent Products in Children’s Books. Read more...

 


New England Book Festival Awards Tyler & His Solve-a-matic Machine

This book has been honored by the New England Book Festival (2010) Read more...

 

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