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Bee Fearless Dream Like a Kid

(G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers)


The memoir of a 15-year-old businesswoman who loved bees.


Author: Mikaila Ulmer

Genre: Memoir / Business

Reader Appeal: Ages 8-12


When I was four, I wanted to be a singer,. When I was five, I wanted to be a pilot. Now I want to coach an NFL team because I think I can do better. When Mikaila Ulmer was four, she was stung by two bees. She decided to learn about them and discovered they were in danger, so she set out to save them. Just a child, Mikaila started a lemonade business that, in just ten years’ time, has grown 500%


Mikaila Ulmer’s memoir, Bee Fearless Dream Like a Kid, is not just about a child starting a lemonade stand and becoming a successful businesswoman. It's not just about a girl who broke glass ceilings before she was a teenager. It’s not even just about a girl who saved bees. Woven into every chapter is a girl that is passionate about what she believed in, who worked hard and stayed humble. If I were a CEO of a company, I'd probably see that as the goal achieved. Mikaila saw it as another step to saving bees. She has speaking engagements around the world; she teaches finance 101 to young people, and teaches a course on bees. I could go on with what she does for bees, for kids, for girls, for the environment, but her story is not done.


In Bee Fearless you’ll meet Mikaila’s family, her parents that guided but never pushed. Her brothers that helped and grandparents that give advice. She shares her Shark Tank TV experience, meeting President Obama, and traveling the world. Each chapter has solid advice on how to run a business, it’s written for young people but the advice is for every one of every age. This interesting memoir is easily recommended.


Let's Talk About It

Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this book:


• What did you want to be when you grew up? If you’re grown up, do you wish you’d done things differently? Why?

• A bee sting sparked Mikaila’s passion for bees. What has been your passion? What was the spark?

• Have you ever been underestimated because of your age? Your gender? Your race? What did you do about it?




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