FROM AN IDEA TO DISNEY
How Imagination Built A World of Magic
By: Lowey Bundy Sichol
Illustrated by: C.S. Jennings
Published: February 12, 2019
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
This new series, FROM AN IDEA, features the histories of companies and how they became the billion-dollar companies they are now.
These chapter books are easy to read with illustrations, fun fact boxes, and quotes sprinkled throughout the chapters. I loved reading the history of Walt Disney’s childhood and how he created the empire of Disney we know today. I traveled to Walt Disney World 30+ years ago and again this summer and the difference was amazing. Some things were exactly the same and others were, of course, enhanced by all the new technology that has made rides and experiences even more jaw-dropping.
Some of Walt Disney’s story I knew, but other parts were absolutely fascinating. Mickey (not his original name) Mouse was created while riding on a train across the US with his wife. I was shocked how much was spent to create “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” ($1.5 million) and thankfully, it was a “smashing success, earning $8 million during its initial release in 1937.”
The book not only explains about the specific history of the company but offers definitions for various business terms like “going public” and “shares of stock”. After Walt Disney passed away, kids learn how difficult it can be to hire someone who has the same vision and values as the creator of the company while also having new ideas to grow the company.
I didn’t remember how much Disney struggled through the 1970s to early 1980s. I also had no idea “Frozen” has been the highest-earning animated movie at the box office. Many other secrets and backstories are shared to show kids the vast empire Disney has become. I found myself talking about this book to adults after reading it because Walt Disney had such a fascinating story. I think kids will love this book and learn about perseverance, hard work, and, of course, following their dreams.
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