Monday, November 05, 2012

LEMONADE IN WINTER by Emily Jenkins and G. Brian Karas

The book Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money struck me as a very cute story. Two siblings stuck inside during a cold winter day decide that it is the perfect day to have a Lemonade Stand! Their parents warn them that on a cold day, no one will want a cold drink. And there is really no one outside to buy the drinks. But the children are determined and they make their lemonade, limeade and lemon limeade. They buy the ingredients and decide to charge 50 cents per cup.

The story is a fun book to add to my math picture book collection. It is a fun story with a great plot. The characters are quite adorable in the way they carry on on such a cold, winter day. Their enthusiasm is quite contagious.

The money counting part of this book is quite fun. There are lots of opportunities to count quarters and there are some pages that show the math behind figuring out total sold.  There is also a final page with more math explanations.

I think this is a perfect book for primary students who are learning about change. Teachers can create some great problems around this book to help kids understand the concept of money. I plan to use it with a small group of kids who need a little bit of extra help with counting money. Quarters are a perfect place to start when counting change and we can build from there.

So glad I took the time to read this book once Beth at Cover to Cover suggested I did!


  1. Our primary students run a card shop for a local women's shelter & I imagine the teachers would love this, Franki. Looks great. Thanks.

  2. Thank you for adding to my book list. I'm heading back to the 2nd grade classroom after a short break and am already starting to think of ways to integrate writing into all subjects. Lemonade in Winter could be a perfect model text.

  3. Thankyou for posting about this book, what a creative out-of-the-ordinary winter idea. I think it would also generation motivation and curiosity with the students because of its orginiality.


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