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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bascom Hill Publishing Group (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935098292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935098294
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,496,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''If kids had read this book a generation ago, we wouldn't be in the mess we're in today!''-- Steve Forbes, President and CEO of Forbes and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes magazine

''Often the best education for youngsters comes outside the classroom, especially when learning the foundational precepts America rests on. This may be a book for children, but their parents can benefit from it as well.''--Ambassador John Bolton, 25th United States Ambassador to the United Nations

''What I call this is sort of a Free To Choose for kids. For me, Milton Friedman's Free To Choose is my basic economic bible of the way the markets work and the way they don't work.''--David Asman, Fox News and Fox Business News

''Want to know what makes this country great? Read Don't Take My Lemonade Stand and you will see how capitalism has been the engine for our country's success, freedom and prosperity.''--Coach Lou Holtz; Football coach, sportscaster, author, and speaker

''Janie Johnson understands what makes America great and she explains it in terms that even our children can understand. What a great gift to parents looking for a way to reinforce the lessons they've attempted to teach their kids about the wonder of this nation, its political and economic systems, its Constitution and the liberties it guarantees. This book couldn't be timelier, as this nation is under systematic assault and in desperate need of a reawakening to the principles that have made it a 'Shining City upon a Hill.''' -- --David Limbaugh, Author and Attorney

For parents who embrace a conservative philosophy and want to pass it on to their children, particularly those old enough to be asking questions of the direction the nation is taking, capitalism versus socialism, differences between Republicans and Democrats, then I would recommend Janie Johnson's Don't Take My Lemonade Stand: An American Philosophy ($24.95, Bascom Hill Publishing Group, Minneapolis, MN). This is one of the best books on these fundamental topics I have read in a very long time and it is written in a fashion that any teenager can understand (and smart pre-teens, too) and enjoy. As noted in my recommendation of ''Generation iY'' above, it is essential to get this new generation involved now if we are to have a future in which widely accepted American values continue to guide the nation. --Alan Caruba, Bookviews - September 2010

About the Author

The youngest of nine children and the mother of four, Janie Johnson ranked number one in the United States as a junior tennis player. She received distinction as a three-time All American and Pac Ten Champion at UCLA, and as a former top one hundred professional who competed in all four Grand Slams--Wimbledon, French Open, Australian Open and the US Open. Her extensive travels around the world, as a professional tennis player, helped to inform her political philosophy.

Since leaving the professional tennis circuit, Janie has devoted herself to raising her children and believes that everyday people can and must make a difference in our country. Her brand of Common Sense Conservatism focuses on children, patriotism, and optimism. She is an informed voter who cares deeply about our country and its founding principles. She represents all of those who have not been particularly involved in the political process until recent events.

Though a registered Republican, Janie is displeased with nearly all politicians, including many Republicans. Her values are consistent with the Constitution and the notions of our founding fathers. Her book is written for everyday Americans by an everyday American.

Janie's husband, C. Ray Johnson, is an entrepreneur, a real estate investor, a turnaround specialist, and a former Fortune 500 company President. He has authored a best selling business book, CEO Logic. Janie lives with her husband and their four sons in Northern Nevada. She is a graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.


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The youngest of nine children and the mother of four, Janie Johnson ranked number one in the United States as a junior tennis player. She received distinction as a three-time All American and Pac Ten Champion at UCLA, and as a former top one hundred professional who competed in all four Grand Slams--Wimbledon, French Open, Australian Open and the US Open. Her extensive travels around the world, as a professional tennis player, helped to inform her political philosophy.

Since leaving the professional tennis circuit, Janie has devoted herself to raising her children and believes that everyday people can and must make a difference in our country. Her brand of Common Sense Conservatism focuses on children, patriotism, and optimism. She is an informed voter who cares deeply about our country and its founding principles. She represents all of those who have not been particularly involved in the political process until recent events.

Though a registered Republican, Janie is displeased with nearly all politicians, including many Republicans. Her values are consistent with the Constitution and the notions of our founding fathers. Her book is written for everyday Americans by an everyday American.

Janie's husband, C. Ray Johnson, is an entrepreneur, a real estate investor, a turnaround specialist, and a former Fortune 500 company President. He has authored a best selling business book, CEO Logic. Janie lives with her husband and their four sons in Northern Nevada. She is a graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

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I recommend it to parents as well as non-parents.
Cheri
Janie Johnson's Don't Take My Lemonade Stand is a conservative mom's best new tool in parenting.
Stacy
The values that made this country great are presented throughout this book.
John Adams

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Stacy on August 31, 2010
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Janie Johnson's Don't Take My Lemonade Stand is a conservative mom's best new tool in parenting. She has provided a very detailed yet easy to read book that anyone can benefit from reading. As a busy parent, we know what we know and why, but it is so hard to put it in terms that our kids will easily understand. Janie has done all the hard work, superbly annotated; she has gone through the research and put it all together for parents to share with their kids. Many times, we get one side of politics but she goes the extra mile to put down why those on the other side of the fence believe the way that they do. Most books right now focus on what is wrong with our world; Janie provides an uplifting, positive book with optimistic quotes, cartoons and questions to initiate further discussion with your kids. I highly recommend this book for anyone, young or old, that wants a clear understanding of history, politics and where we can be with a little more lemonade in our life! Thank you Janie!!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cheri on September 2, 2010
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Mrs. Johnson's book could not be timelier. A huge majority of the citizenry has become acutely aware of how far we have drifted from our founding principles...our core beliefs. Our education system has been taken over by "touchy-feely" people and, as such, has failed. This book takes up the slack and corrects errors in what our kids are being taught. I recommend it to parents as well as non-parents.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John Adams on August 26, 2010
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This book should be taught in every school in the country. The values that made this country great are presented throughout this book. It is important that all children learn these values and concepts as young as possible. This is an important book. I hope it gets exposure to a wide audience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debra R. Steinman on June 28, 2012
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For the record, I read both liberal and conservative sources whenever I can. And when I heard that Janie's book was at Amazon, I couldn't wait to get my copy. I received "Don't take my lemonade Stand: An American Philosphy" a few days ago. I couldn't put it down. It was highly insightful as to the differences between Conservatives and Liberals. The examples she put in her book, were on point and easy to relate to. If you enjoy learning from differing view points, I strongly urge you to read Janie's book.
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Just about every kid has tried running a lemonade stand for a day. It's something they can identify with. And that's why every family should read "Don't Take my Lemonade Stand". A lemonade stand is a simple metaphor for the individual liberty and free market that allow Americans to prosper more than any other people in history. Americans owe freedom and opportunity to the inalienable rights set forth in the Declaration of Independence and guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States. Neither of these profound documents would exist without the leadership and circumstances of 1776, which became the foundation of our American Heritage. Janie Johnson's book is a resource for parents teaching their kids about the founding principles of the remarkable nation that is the United States of America. With a concise, straight-forward style Mrs. Johnson fosters understanding about the greatness of America and instills a desire to preserve our nation for generations to come.
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(Note: Review excerpted from a fuller review at [...], published September 2011)

Johnson, a self-professed American Citizen (an un-pundit, if you will), began laying out her brand of what she calls "Common Sense Conservatism" in response to what she thought was a simple question from her son: "How do you know who to vote for?" What could have been one of those throwaway parenting moments became--much to Johnson's credit--an analysis of self, family and the political landscape. She then made the decision to look at everything political through the prism of her children--of the world they could have, the world they could make, and the world she wanted for them. The result is a book which talks to parents and children on an equal footing, a first (at least in my experience). The book largely succeeds in its aims, providing not only the substance, but also the mechanisms (parables, for example, and kid-friendly chapter summaries), for having these important conversations.

Common Sense Conservatism lays out traditional conservative values: small government with limited power, respect for individual liberty, fiscal responsibility and a compassionate morality. Johnson also goes out of her way to stress the need for accountability, and goes on at length about the lack of it in the political arena.

She also intelligently avoids several hot spots. First, she speaks for herself and her family, and doesn't profess the kind of talk-show-host "expertise" that pretends a right to tell other people what they're supposed to think (and treating them like idiots if they don't). Johnson wants to bring up her kids with her values, and cares enough about our country to involve those kids in her thinking, her logic and her sense of morality.
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Janie Johnson's DON'T TAKE MY LEMONADE STAND: AN AMERICAN PHILOSPHY should be the basic text for every civics class taught in the United States public schools.
Ms. Johnson in an effort to answer a question from her son created an explicit diagnosis of conservative thought without going into redundant exposition. The illustrative cartoons detail each idea with fundamental truths.
This is not a book that you can skim in a short time, it demands deep thought and analysis.
My copy is so underlined that the highligher is bleeding though the pages. I've traced a number of her quotes to the original source and found them accurate.
When she is unsure about an issure she is delightfully refreshing in admiting she doesn't know all the answers.
DON'T TAKE MY LEMONADE STAND is a title worth reading and discovering at this important time in our history.
Nash Black, author of SANDPRINTS OF DEATH.
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