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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.
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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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!! The end of the book includes a little appendix of Pauline's money counting tips. Couple this with a jar of real coins or even realistic play money and you have an entire week's worth of math activities. For the advanced thinker, I'd pose this algebraic problem: Given their total starting up costs of raw materials, how much is each cup of lemonade/limeaide/lemon-limeade worth? How many cups did they need to sell to break even at $0.50/cup? At $0.25/cup? What about the cups? How many were there? (The story doesn't say how many were in the bag)What could they do with the extra cups to offset the cost? This is a teacher & homeschooling parent's dream of a story. You could even conduct the experiment with your kids and see what they learn from it, though I am not inclined to volunteer my time outside in the freezing cold. This is destined to become a classroom favorite & children's classic. Mark my words.
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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