In the Lawn Boy, a twelve-year old boy from Minnesota who gets a lawn mower from his grandmother on his twelfth birthday. He was so fascinated by the machine and turned it on their lawn instantly. Then a neighbor comes along and offers him to pay $20 to mow his neighbor’s lawn. The character in the book was industrious and trustworthy. He made the most out of the trust (and money) given to him by the neighbor. Through his industry and by finding a good teacher (the stockbroker Arnold Howell), he manages to grow his fledgling business into a half-million dollar empire.
The boy did not have a lot of friends who were his age. That was surprising. Some kids may have banded together to tackle such a business. But probably because the boy was alone with his lawn mower when he started, he did not get to call his friends to help him out and grow his business.
The novel was so full of ideas about economics and capitalism. The good thing is that the language is not very difficult to understand. By explaining the nature of working, getting paid, hiring and investing through the story, any reader could grasp these concepts easily. If I ever read these terms and concepts from an economics textbook, they would have been more difficult to understand. The way the stock market works is a bit difficult to understand.
But I am sure that with further reading, I will be able to understand how that works. I am still interested with the business of the lawn boy, how he spent the money, what his parents plan for him and his money, and what he became later in life. By being successful early in life, he may have become more responsible already.
Paulsen, Gary. Lawn Boy. New York: Yearling. 2009. Print.