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Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money Hardcover – September 11, 2012

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PreS-Gr 2-On a cold winter day as a mean wind blows and icicles hang from windowsills, Pauline and her younger brother, John-John, decide to have a lemonade stand. Gathering all their quarters (Pauline's favorite coins), they buy their supplies and make lemonade, limeade, and lemon-limeade. On their mostly empty street with the snow falling, they attract a few customers-Harvey walking his three dogs, Mrs. Gordon and her twins, Heather and Aidan strolling arm in arm, and five manicurists in puffy coats. Despite their advertising, entertainment, decorations, and sales, the children make only four dollars, which is less than the cost of their supplies but enough for two Popsicles. Karas's illustrations, rendered with brush and walnut ink in sepia tones, capture the half-light of an overcast winter day as the children, bundled in warm clothes, tend their stand and count their earnings. A last page, called "Pauline Explains Money to John-John," shows both fronts and backs of different coins and explains their worth. 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. Abounding with teaching possibilities, it's a solid selection for most libraries.-Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TNα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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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.”
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 410L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade; First Edition edition (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375858830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375858833
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My 3 y/o & 4 y/o especially love this story. The elder is really getting into counting and the younger is trying to keep up. What I love about the story is that it is immediately engaging. The characters are similar to my own, with the elder being the girl (like Pauline) and the younger being the boy (like John-John). The kids in the story have an idea that sensible adults wouldn't entertain in the dead of winter. But they learn some things in the end. I like that the parents let the idea go forth without stopping it.

The adventure was ripe for an organic learning experience. There are so many teaching ideas here. First of all, is the obvious--counting money. Addition, subtraction, categorizing & sorting, evaluating outcomes. Also wonderfully noted is how the plot evolves as Pauline is driven to try different ideas to make a sale. Each method can be discussed. For instance did lowering the price lead to the increase in sales? You can even discuss the value of money. Was it used wisely in this instance? I don't want to give the ending away but you can show that sometimes the truest value in money is not how much you make or keep, but in managing it wisely so that it can afford you an invaluable learning experience. Of course, having an enthusiastic and good attitude really goes far too!

The only detail that may stump some is the fact that the parents seemed to let these youngsters out to the store by themselves, unsupervised. Not something that is based in reality. But children don't get hung up on details like this. They engage fully in the adventure of the story. Whether you choose to include a discussion on safety is up to you.

I am glad I preordered this on a hunch that it would be a good teaching tool in our collection of books and I was right!!
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I saw this book in a local boutique and added it to my 3yo daughter's wish list. She received it from her grandparents at Christmas and it was a HUGE hit, right from the start. The illustrations are detailed, engaging and adorable, and add a lot to the written words. I LOVE that the main characters are people of color (it's not clear exactly what their background is, which is nice, too) and many of the other characters are racially diverse as well. As someone raising a biracial kid, I appreciate when book characters look like us sometimes.

Within a few weeks my daughter had memorized the text, and it's not rhyming/annoying like a lot of kids' books. It's a cute story about two kids in the city who run a lemonade stand in the middle of winter. It talks about counting American money, coins and dollars, and even a bit about running a business. Pretty unique subject matter and great for a wide age range. I love the writing, which I don't usually notice in kids books, unless it's especially bad. There's some unique sentence structures which make the text quite poetic.

There's a section in the back that talks about the different coins and what they're worth, and thanks to this, my 3.5yo is getting a sense for how money works, long before we'd have brought it up.

The book itself is a big hardcover with sturdy pages. We read this every other day, and it's been 8 months since we got it.
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My almost eight-year-old daughter loves both picture books and chapter books and is especially drawn to books with catchy titles and/or beautiful illustrations. When she saw this book at our local library, she was intrigued - why would anyone want to buy/sell lemonade in winter time? Isn't it too cold, mom? Well, she decided to check the book out and read it to me tonight.

This is an excellent way to introduce children to the concept of money and how to count money. Pauline and her younger brother John-John are two precocious children who decide to set up a lemonade and limeade stand outside their home, right smack in the middle of a blustery winter's day! The parents, bless their hearts, decide to let them go ahead, even though they have misgivings about this misdirected project. The children go ahead and invest six dollars of their savings into purchasing the necessary supplies.

One cannot help but admire the entrepreneurial spirit of this two little ones as they stand outside in the freezing cold, smiles on their faces and full of enthusiasm, trying to sell their lemonade. Each time they make sale, they diligently count the money and set it aside. There's humor and lots of goodwill in this captivating story that not only teaches the concept of counting money, but also teaches children the importance of being resilient and going for your dreams, no matter how small, even if it is just selling lemonade. The siblings learned a lot and so did my daughter and me.

The book ends with a short primer on how Pauline taught John-John how to count money. This is a great resource for parents, homeschoolers, and teachers and I'd definitely recommend it for home, school, and library collections.
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It might only be 4 stars for 4-5 year olds, because the counting is probably too complex for them. But it's a keeper because she'll grow into it. Story appealed to her even though she could not fully follow the math yet.
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