Lemonade in Winter

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Introducing Lemonade in Winter by Emily Jenkins, illus. by G. Brian Karas,
our 4th Heritage2Legacy book prompt.

Here’s your next memory assignment:  Think about your first job; how you got it – and perhaps a specific memory related to your first job.  I discovered Lemonade in Winter by Emily Jenkins to use as our prompt.   Is there anything more American than a lemonade stand?   If you were fortunate enough to remember setting up your own neighborhood stand as a child, then you also remember the thrill of earning your first quarters as a child entrepreneur.   Check this book out of your library, or purchase it and give it as a gift to your child/grandchild, along with your own story about your first real job.

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Pauline and her little brother, John-John, are convinced that a stand selling “Lemonade and limeade—and also lemon-limeade!” will go over big, even in the middle of a bitter winter. Mom and Dad think not. But their sheer chutzpah and salesmanship (“Lemon lemon LIME, lemon LEMONADE!/ All that it will cost ya? Fifty cents a cup!”) eventually earn the duo… well, maybe not a profit, but enough for two Popsicles. The book’s clinical subtitle is a major understatement: Jenkins and Karas have created a book that’s richly rewarding in many ways. Yes, there are some lightly proffered money-counting lessons, but this is also a beautifully restrained tribute to trust and tenderness shared by siblings; an entrepreneurship how-to that celebrates the thrill of the marketplace without shying away from its cold realities; and a parable about persistence. Moreover, it’s visually gorgeous: Karas employs an impressive repertoire of textures and a broad palette of grays and browns to convey both the icy chill and cozy interiors of winter. In real money terms, this one’s an amazing bargain.   Publisher’s Weekly

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Coming:  a print and audio example of how Mary Byrne Kline and Gil Moegerle responded to our 4th H2L prompt.

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