Saturday, February 9, 2008

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

It’s rare to find a book about running a lemonade stand. It’s even rarer to find a lemonade stand story that is humorous, entertaining, touching and educational all rolled in one. The Lemonade War is all of those things and more.

Evan and his precocious younger sister, Jessie, have always been good friends. All that changes, however, when Jessie skips a grade and ends up being put in Evan’s class at school. Feelings run high and soon a war breaks out between the siblings. A lemonade stand war. The winner takes all and the loser, well—you’ll have to read the story to find out.

The story itself is fabulous, but The Lemonade War is so much more than just a story. I loved the way the chapters alternate between the two characters, showing completely opposite points of view of each incident that happens. The reader can understand why each person is doing the things they do even if the other character’s in the book can’t. This story would make great discussions for book clubs. The Lemonade War presents simple marketing and mathematical concepts in a way a child can not only understand but also get excited about. This book is a quick read. Even the most reluctant of readers will find themselves racing through the pages to find out what will happen in the climactic conclusion. Be prepared to finance a lemonade stand, because after reading this book every child will want one.

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