Book review #274: Lemonade in Winter: a book about two kids counting money #bookaday

Lemonade in Winter by Emily Jenkins by Emily Jenkins; illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Picture book
Young Hoosier Book Award 2014-2015 nominee
Interest level: K-3
Reading level: 2.2
4 out of 5 stars

This is a wonderful book! It contains many different features that make it a very well-rounded read for kids in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. First, it is a interesting story about a brother and sister who decide to set up a lemonade stand in the middle of winter. Not an easy task, but I love how they can’t be discouraged.

This story also can teach kids about small business. The siblings have to come up with the money to buy their supplies, then they learn about marketing, promotion, sales, and net versus gross income. This could pair very well with some economics lessons.

And finally, it really provides some wonderful examples about counting money, specifically quarters. The repetition and methodology can really help students who struggle in this area. I especially love the final page that gives information about the different types of American currency. The descriptions really make differentiating coins more understandable. For example, pennies are described as “simple to pick out from other coins because they’re copper.” Nickels are “confusing” because they look like quarters but you can tell them because they have smooth edges. “Dimes are the cutest. They’re tiny!”

This is an exceptionally solid book that can be used for many different purposes.

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