On a cold, snowy day, Pauline and her younger brother are insistent on selling lemonade and limeade on their city block. Despite wise counsel from their parents against the venture, the two make preparations and even come up with a catchy jingle that is repeated throughout their story. As expected, they encounter several challenges, mainly very light crowds due to the snow. But with a little creativity and discounted prices, they manage to empty their lemonade pitchers. The kids may not make much money, but in the end, they have a great time.
Lemonade is not likely top-of-mind in the middle of winter and that’s why this book is a fun pick. Lemonade stands are a childhood rite of passage, so why not? The catchy jingle will have parents and kids singing along together. The illustrations are very effective in setting the mood of a gray, snowy city day. There’s some simple math and money counting sprinkled throughout the story, making it a great selection for the classroom or at home. Even if your child isn’t in a money counting mood, the story is equally as entertaining.
The publisher recommends this book for ages 3-7, but I would dare to extend it a couple of years because of the fun theme and learning potential. It’s also a great pick to break up the winter blues in the classroom. Maybe students could even come up with their own jingle?
This title is available in e-book, but the illustrator’s brush-and-ink technique makes me very partial to the hardcover version. There are some things even a Retina display can’t replace!
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