Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money

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A lemonade stand in winter? Yes, that's exactly what Pauline and John-John intend to have, selling lemonade and limeade--and also lemon-limeade. With a catchy refrain (Lemon lemon LIME, Lemon LIMEADE! Lemon lemon LIME, Lemon LEMONADE!), plus simple math concepts throughout, here is a read-aloud that's great for storytime and classroom use, and is sure to be a hit among the legions of Jenkins and Karas fans.
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Overview

A lemonade stand in winter? Yes, that's exactly what Pauline and John-John intend to have, selling lemonade and limeade--and also lemon-limeade. With a catchy refrain (Lemon lemon LIME, Lemon LIMEADE! Lemon lemon LIME, Lemon LEMONADE!), plus simple math concepts throughout, here is a read-aloud that's great for storytime and classroom use, and is sure to be a hit among the legions of Jenkins and Karas fans.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Pauline and her little brother, John-John, are convinced that a stand selling “Lemonade and limeade—and also lemon-limeade!” will go over big, even in the middle of a bitter winter. Mom and Dad think not. But their sheer chutzpah and salesmanship (“Lemon lemon LIME, lemon LEMONADE!/ All that it will cost ya? Fifty cents a cup!”) eventually earn the duo... well, maybe not a profit, but enough for two Popsicles. The book’s clinical subtitle is a major understatement: Jenkins (Toys Come Home) and Karas (Neville) have created a book that’s richly rewarding in many ways. Yes, there are some lightly proffered money-counting lessons, but this is also a beautifully restrained tribute to trust and tenderness shared by siblings; an entrepreneurship how-to that celebrates the thrill of the marketplace without shying away from its cold realities; and a parable about persistence. Moreover, it’s visually gorgeous: Karas employs an impressive repertoire of textures and a broad palette of grays and browns to convey both the icy chill and cozy interiors of winter. In real money terms, this one’s an amazing bargain. Ages 3–7. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
On a cold, blowing, snowy winter day a little girl named Pauline decides she wants to set up a lemonade stand outside her home. Of course her parents try to discourage her, but little brother John-John thinks it is a great idea and wants to help. The two youngsters collect all the quarters they can find (amounting to six dollars) and run off to the store for supplies. Quickly they make lemonade, limeade, and lemon-limeade, set up shop outside and set a price of fifty cents per cup. Using various antics such as cartwheels, balloon decorations, chanting at the top of their lungs as well as a sale price of twenty-five cents a cup, they finally have empty pitchers. But when Pauline counts up their earnings, it totals only four dollars. She is most unhappy because they did not make a profit. Sensibly John-John makes Pauline realize that sixteen quarters is still money and that they can use it to buy themselves popsicles. The illustrations, done with ink and colored pencils in subdued colors are just right for the story. A repeated refrain makes this ideal for story time as it enables children to actively participate. Teachers will also find the book useful for teaching math concepts, as the last page demonstrates how Pauline teaches John-John about money. Add this to the acquisition list as it is certain to be useful as well as enjoyable. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
Kirkus Reviews
Why would anyone sell cold drinks on a blustery, winter day? No one will be on the streets! Don't you hear the wind? Two young entrepreneurs, Pauline and John-John, ignore the naysayers (their parents) and set up a lemonade stand smack dab on the snowy sidewalk. The lemonade, limeade--and lemon-limeade--are ready. But there are no customers to be seen. Pauline and John-John aren't discouraged. Instead, they improvise by singing a catchy jingle, turning cartwheels to attract attention, decorating their stand and, finally, having a half-price sale. Nothing can dampen these two plucky kids' spirits, and they do manage a few sales in the end. And the best thing about a lemonade stand, regardless of the weather? There is math slipped in! Under the guise of teaching her younger brother, Pauline teaches readers as well about counting quarters while shopping for supplies and figuring out profits. For visual learners, Karas includes helpful cues within the snowcapped scenes such as lined-up individual quarters under each purchase, plus a large sign at the end to break down each sale. Pauline and John-John don't quite strike it rich, but their experience is priceless. Also included: Pauline's secret ways to remember each coin. A tale of ingenuity, youthful determination and marvelous math. (Math picture book. 4-7)
From the Publisher
Publishers Weekly Best of Children's Books 2012

Starred Review, School Library Journal, August 1, 2012:
“This quirky tale is a boon for young entrepreneurs, who will enjoy looking at the humorous details in the pictures as much as working out the math after each sale.”

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, July 30, 2012:
“In real money terms, this one’s an amazing bargain.”

From the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375858833
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 140,842
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

EMILY JENKINS is the author of the Toys Trilogy, which includes Toys Go Out, Toy Dance Party, and, most recently, Toys Come Home, which Booklist, in a starred review, called "a timeless story of adventure and friendship to treasure aloud or independently." She is the author of numerous other books for children, including Sugar Would Not Eat It and Five Creatures.

G. BRIAN KARAS is the prolific, versatile, and award-winning illustrator of many books for children, including, most recently, Neville and Clever Jack Takes the Cake, which received four starred reviews. His other books include How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?; Are You Going to Be Good?, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; Home on the Bayou, which was the recipient of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; and Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Great Read!

    Great book... touches on siblings working together to accomplish a goal and also learning to count their money. I purchased this for my grandson who is a bit young for this book but his older sister, who is 8 thoroughly enjoyed it. Wonderful picutres and illustrations as well.

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