Disney is a name that brings a smile to children’s faces whether it be through movies, television, or visits to the many theme parks. This captivating new series gets a great start with the story behind Walt Disney. His successes and surprising failures are covered in masterful detail.

9781328453600_lres.gif Eleven easy-to-read chapters begin with Walt’s childhood and take readers up to the present. Illustrations break up the text and hard to understand words are defined in a separate box right on the same page instead of a glossary in the back. A nice helpful touch.

Walt Disney, one of the most iconic figure in entertainment. died way too young. The story detailed in later chapters of how the company kept going without its leader is equally compelling.

Quotes from Walt Disney are scattered throughout, including one of my favorites:  “If you can dream it, you can do it.” There’s also a Fun Facts feature where you learn some little known facts including what is going on below Walt Disney World.

A handy timeline is presented in the final pages beginning with Walt’s birth all the way to the present where today Disney employs more than 200,000 cast members (Disney speak for employees). There’s also a two page bibliography perfect for further study.

Our future dreamers and doers in the world have an inspiring source for their own success in the world with FROM AN IDEA TO DISNEY. Also out in the series is FROM AN IDEA TO NIKE. And this summer look for FROM AN IDEA TO GOOGLE and FROM AN IDEA TO LEGO.

About the author: Lowey Bundy Sichol is the author and creator of From an Idea to…, the world’s first business biographies for kids. She is also the founder and principal of Case Marketing, a specialized writing firm that composes MBA case studies for business schools. Her MBA case studies have been published by Pearson and are read by business school students all over the world.
With over 20 years combined experience in marketing, brand management, and writing, Lowey is the force behind the From an Idea to… series, a movement that introduces business and entrepreneurship to children.
Lowey received her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and her BA from Hamilton College where she played varsity softball and women’s rugby. When she’s not writing, you can find her throwing a ball, shooting hoops, or along the shores of Lake Michigan with her husband, three children, and two big goofy dogs who like to climb trees. Look for her online at

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  1. I would enjoy reading this book. I love the movie on Netflix about the young Walt Disney. It would be fun to read the stories below Disney World. A family member worked there for years and launched Disney University and other programs for teachers.

  2. This would be interesting to read. Thanks for the heads up.

  3. Love the concept of biographies for business pioneers. Thanks for sharing this one, Greg.

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