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The Lemonade War (Jacqueline Davies)

on February 20, 2012
The lemonade war
The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
Age: 8 – 12
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, 2007
ISBN: 9780618750436 / 177 pages
Find this book at your local library 

With only a week left of summer break, Evan is not looking forward to entering 4th Grade with his younger sister skipping 3rd grade and entering his class. Taking out his frustration on his sister, Jessie, Evan steals her idea of running a lemonade stand during the end of summer heat-wave. Followed by a series of misunderstandings, the two siblings are soon embroiled in an all out lemonade war. Winner takes all.

There are a number of elements that make this book a great read for young readers.

  • Its realistic.

Evan and Jessie are siblings living with their newly divorced dad. While trying to heal from the pain of their father walking out on them, there is also the added pressure of sibling rivalry between Jessie and Evan. The kids act like kids, with tantrums, and misunderstandings which were paved with good intentions.

  • Word problems

I was terrible at math and word problems in elementary school. This book does a fantastic job of incorporating simple math arithmetic (appropriate 3rd grade level math too) into the story line. Both Jessie and Evan have to use their math skills to figure out how much lemonade to sell in order to win the bet. There are diagrams of pitchers, and lemons. Equations are written out, just waiting to be solved. Even is not so good at math, while Jessie excels at math problems. This book does a good job of balancing the necessity between the two skill levels.

  • Horrible neighborhood boys

Scott….what a terrible “friend!”

This book is short, and its a perfect summer read for kids about to enter school. It really highlights how nervous kids get. Jessie is nervous about whether or not she’ll have any friends, especially considering she is skipping a grade and didn’t have any friends in 2nd grade. Even is worried that all the kids in his class will think he is dumb compared to his younger sister. As the story progresses, the two realize that they really do need each other and do miss each other during their time apart.

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