The Red Lemonby Bob Staake
In this thought-provoking tale reminiscent of Seuss, Farmer McPhee finds a red lemon in his orchard and cries, "It's red as a stop sign! It's red as a rose! I can't have red lemons where yellow fruit grows! Imagine a world where lemonade's red? Where once-yellow cupcakes are crimson instead?" As he tosses the red lemon across the water, he can't imagine that it will land on a small island, sprout a seed, and someday bring forth an orchard of lemon trees...where people will travel to from all over, to try the red lemons that are "six times as sweet!"
Meet the Author
Bob Staake, who grew up with Golden Books, is a former political cartoonist, a highly successful commercial artist, and the author and/or illustrator of many critically acclaimed books for children (Pigs Rock!; Hello, Robots; Little Golden Picture Dictionary) and adults (The Complete Book of Humorous Art). A self-confessed workaholic who uses various styles, Staake's award-winning commercial art has graced the pages of MAD Magazine, Time, and The Washington Post. Staake has published with Viking and HarperCollins; his illustrations for the upcoming LGB, I'M A TRUCK, debut in Spring '06.The illustrator lives in Cape Cod, MA
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Instead of trying to explain why I like this book, I decided to write down what my little boy said when we first read this book: "Wow", "Beautiful", "Delicious", "Awesome", "This is wonderful." If you still want more information on why I bought this book, I could tell you how we've read this story almost every day, and usually more than once a day; how I had to hide it to write this review; how Bob Staake is my new favorite author/illustrator for the preschool set; how delectably brilliant the illustrations are; and how the quirky writing borders on ridiculous without crossing over. Or I could just let Thomas sum it up: "I love it!"
Awesome story. A great way to share the value of being unique and how we should all take care to judge based on quality and character as opposed to appearance.