''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
''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.