Thursday, April 1, 2010

10 Children's Books Every Business Student Should Read

So this in-depth database blog comes up to me and says, "We just posted about 10 children's books every business student should read and we'd like you to mention it on your blog." I think, why the hell not? It does peak my interest and who doesn't like children's books, like Charlotte's Web? In Accredited Online College's top ten, I choose my fave three:

1. The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper, Here's what they had to say in perspective of this children's book: "This classic children’s book tells of a train hauling toys and other goodies to a village at the other side of a mountain, but it has broken down. The train tries to get help from larger engines, who just pass him by. Finally, a smaller engine takes up the cause, but discovers he may have taken on more than he can handle. Through determination and perseverance, the little engine makes it up the mountain and delivers the train to the village. Any business student can see the simple, yet powerful message imparted in this book–determination and the power of positive thinking can overcome any obstacle."

2. Charlotte's Web by EB White "Most consider this classic tale to be about Wilbur, the pig rescued by a young girl from her father’s ax. A closer look shows that the true protagonist and heroine of the story is the title character, Charlotte. Charlotte is a spider who saves Wilber’s life a second time when she comes up with the idea of spelling out Wilber’s magnificent qualities in her web. Each time she advertises something special about Wilber, his fame grows. Any business student studying marketing will quickly recognize a successful advertising campaign. Charlotte kept her resourceful solution creative by changing the words she used each time. This book provides a glimpse into clever marketing and the benefits of loyalty to the customer."

3. The Story of the Three Little Pigs "Just about everyone has heard the story of the three little pigs and their attempts at building a wolf-proof house. However, the extended version of this popular fairy tale describes the third little pig as a shrewd thinker always one step ahead of the competition. After the failure of the first two pigs, the third pig builds his brick house, to the chagrin of the wolf. The wolf then sets out to trick the pig out of his house in an effort to eat him. The pig, however, always stays one step ahead of the wolf, which ensures his survival. Just like the pig and the wolf, a smart business person needs to know how to stay ahead of the competition in order to keep her business alive."

What I liked most about their post about these children's books was how they mentioned how each book has its own subtle significance toward the life of business--of course--and the links that directed each of the titles to articles that were opinionated by people whose lives were touched by these books. If you'd like to read more about them and Accredited Online College's description, read their post here.