Perfect Picture Book Friday – Lemonade In Winter

It’s Friday, everyone, and you know what that means!

Perfect Picture Books! 🙂

I’m posting today’s Perfect Picture Book here, but I have a confession to make: I have not figured out how to get a link list on WordPress.  Actually, I’m told it can’t be done because of WordPress security issues.  So that’s a bit of a conundrum.  I rely on the link list for Perfect Picture Book Friday (also for my writing contests, but that’s another story…)

So that raises the question can I actually blog on WordPress?  The answer might be sadly no.  Option B is that I have to think up a new way to run PPBF and my contests… which I might be able to do… but I am definitely open to suggestions if anyone has any bright ideas!

Meanwhile, I will post here for today, and also on my old Blogger blog which WILL have the list where you can add your link as usual.  What I can try to do is, if you put your PPBF link in the comments, I might be able to edit this post to include your links – or I can try lifting them off Blogger – but that is an extra step which I unfortunately won’t have time for until later in the day…  Not an ideal solution…

Meanwhile, I have the Perfect Picture Book for a winter day 🙂  I especially love it because it reminds of when my kids did a very similar thing – set up a lemonade stand on the corner of a completely untraveled country road, certain they would make their fortune and with no inkling that they had no hope of a single customer.  (Of course, I couldn’t bear for them to be out there waiting so hopefully only to get crushed with disappointment, so I made some phone calls to make sure at least a few cars came along full of thirsty passengers 🙂


Title: Lemonade In Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money

Written By: Emily Jenkins

Illustrated By: G. Brian Karas

Schwartz & Wade, September 2012, Fiction

Suitable For Ages: 3-7

Themes/Topics: math/money, cooperation, hope, entrepreneurship

Opening: “An empty street.

Outside, a mean wind blows.

Icicles hang from the windowsills.

Inside, Pauline presses her nose to the frosted glass.

“I know!” she says.

“Let’s have a lemonade stand.“”

Brief Synopsis: Undeterred by the wintry weather, Pauline and her little brother John-John gather up all their quarters, buy supplies, and set up a lemonade stand.  Alas, customers are few and far between, forcing Pauline and John-John to be creative to try to increase sales.  In spite of their best efforts, they spend more than they earn… but they earn enough for something that pleases them both.

Links To Resources: the book itself is a resource in terms of showing creative business management 🙂 – Pauline and John-John try advertising, sales, decorations, and entertainment.  It also shows money and math in action, and there is back matter in which “Pauline Explains Money To John-John.”  Ask your child or students to think up their own business ideas.  What would they sell?  How would they go about it?  What supplies would they need?  How much would they need to charge and how much would they need to earn to make their business a success?

Why I Like This Book: This book is so cute, and so completely believably child-like!  Only kids, full of hope and belief in themselves and their abilities, would set up a lemonade stand in a howling snowstorm on a mostly deserted street 🙂  In spite of the poor odds, they’re determined to make their business a success and come up with all kinds of creative ideas.  Unfortunately in the end they learn a hard lesson about business… but at least something good comes of it (which I hate to give away, but it’s so cute I have to tell you – they lose money, but have enough for two popsicles – the perfect treat in a snowstorm, apparently :))

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

PPBF bloggers please be sure to leave your post-specific link in the list below so we can all come visit you!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

(And at some point tomorrow, Sunday or Monday, I will post the promised new writing contest guidelines!  I’m trying desperately to scrounge up some prizes for you! :))

Perfect Picture Books for Friday January 15, 2016

1. This Is NOT A Pumpkin

2. Lincoln Tells A Joke: How Laughter Saved The President (And The Country)

3. Shmulik Paints The Town

4. Mango, Abuela And Me (on Miss Marple’s Musings)

5. Bowls Of Happiness

6. On The Train

7. Mango, Abuela And Me (on Children’s Books Heal)

8. What Does It Mean To Be Kind?

9. One Family

23 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Lemonade In Winter

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      The only thing I could find was that Linky Tools will supposedly work… but it takes users off site. And I don’t know if the list appears in the post or elsewhere. I intend to experiment with it, though, and see if it will work! Thanks for your link!

  1. Marla says:

    This looks like the perfect book! I know my son would love it – it sounds like something he would do. Definitely going on my To Read List. Thanks!

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      I have to say, I like blogging on Blogger… But part of the rationale for switching to wordpress was so I could manage my own website without help, and it makes sense to have my website and blog on the same platform, so I guess I’ve just got to think on it a bit and see if I can come up with a creative work-around!

  2. LovableLobo says:

    This book looks so cute and reminds me of when my son and his friend tried “selling” local fruit to tourists when we lived in Hawaii. They expanded into mom’s homemade brownies with macadamia nuts and pineapple juice until the goods and “profits” were all eaten up, literally, by them. Makes me laugh thinking back on it. Sorry for your blog woes. I know you’ll get it figured out.

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      Kids are such fun, aren’t they? Part of my kids’ lemonade stand was homemade cookies… which I baked… and they ate to sustain themselves while waiting for customers 🙂 Thanks for your blog sympathy. I don’t know if I’ll get it figured out, but here’s hoping! 🙂

  3. clarbojahn says:

    And another thing WordPress won’t support is a Copter Contest. But good luck, Susanna. If any one can figure it out it will be you.

    Such a cute book. Gotta read it.

    I see I am still in clarbojahn’s blog site when I comment and don’t know how to get to clarabowmanjahn, my wordpress web site name. More work for me, too, I guess.

  4. Joanne Sher says:

    This book looks darling – and I just did my own search for you , and came up with the same answer – only Linkytools, which takes you offsite.Maybe it isn’t as bad as it seems. Sure hope not! Thanks for all you do 🙂

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