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Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money

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In a starred review, Publishers Weekly declared this delightful picture book "a beautifully restrained tribute to trust and tenderness shared by siblings; an entrepreneurship how-to that celebrates the thrill of the marketplace without shying away from its cold realities; and a parable about persistence."

A lemonade stand in winter? Yes, that's exactly what Pauline and John
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Schwartz & Wade (first published January 1st 2012)
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Allison Campbell
It is freezing outside when Pauline decides to open a lemonade stand. No, make that lemonade, limeade, and lemon-limeade! Her little brother, John-John eagerly joins in, while their parents warn that no one will be outside in this weather. Pauline and John-John are undeterred, and head to the store after ransacking the couch cushions for quarters. They come up with twenty-four quarters, enough for lemons, limes, sugar, and cups. A lovely illustration lays this out visually, with the quarters nee ...more
Jim Erekson
There's a lot of realism here. 1. Kids are relentless once they decide on lemonade stand--nothing else will do. 2. It costs a lot to get started. 3. If you're not right on with the timing and the place, business is slow. This book reminded me so much of all my daughters' lemonade stand attempts. Fictional license: The kids in the book made all the lemonade themselves and didn't ask the adults for any help.

It was a pleasant surprise that Jenkins had the kids bust their butts on advertising and s
A brother and sister decide to open a lemonade stand in winter and they run into all the business challenges that you would expect. G. Brian Karas' illustrations are soft and perfect for this winter story. Using quarters, the children buy the materials they will need to make lemonade. After slow sales, they lower the price and at the end of the day, they discover that they have actually lost money.

Perfect for teaching not just about money and counting, but also introducing basic economic and bus
Pauline is the one who looks out on a blustery winter day and thinks of running a lemonade stand. Her little brother John-John immediately thinks it’s a great idea, but her parents are sure it won’t work. So the kids set out to collect enough money to open their stand. They dig in the couch, search pockets, and look in their piggy banks. At the store they spend 24 quarters or six dollars on supplies. They rush back home to make the lemonade, the limeade and the lemon-limeade and then out onto th ...more
Age: 1st-2nd grade

The cold, bitter wind is howling outside and a cozy family spends time together at the puzzle table. When all of the sudden, Pauline declares "Let's have a lemonade stand!" Although her parents are wary, Pauline and her little brother, John-John buy their supplies, make their lemonade, and set up shop. Pauline and John-John think up countless ways to draw people in to buying cold lemonade on a cold day.

A perfectly constructed story that occasionally brings in counting concepts
Lu Benke
I can just picture how a teacher might use this book for presenting a math concept in context. And, what a rich context! Everything from advertising and marketing to profit and loss as well as addition, subtraction, and multiplication. Yet,I think it was as much written to share a fun situation as to teach. I would read this to kids just for the enjoyment of it. The illustrations gave me chills just thinking about drinking cold drinks on a snowy street. My favorite illustration had mom and dad l ...more
Book Description: Pauline and John-John decide to have a lemonade stand in the middle of winter. Young readers can learn to count coins with Pauline and John-John as they count their coins, buy ingredients and sell lemonade.

This book has a great concept: teaching children about money, how to count it, spend it, and save it. I think the book even does a good job in the way it presents coins and counting them and identifying their worth. But the story just didn’t really work for me. I think
Stephanie Croaning
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 ve
Ashley Green
Jenkins, E. (2012). Lemonade in winter: a book about two kids counting money. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books.

School Library Journal Review, 2012.


Pauline and John-John has clearly been cooped up inside due to the snowy winter day, and have come up with quite the plan - they will make a lemonade stand. Lemonade, limeade, and lemon limeade, that is. Against her parents better judgment, Pauline takes her brother to the store and spends all the quarters they have counted together on sup
Mattie Weck
This book is great because it incorporates math concepts throughout the story. What I enjoyed most was how informative, yet entertaining this book was to read. Also, the main characters keep a positive perspective during both their troubles and triumphs which I always appreciate seeing in children’s books. I also really liked that the setting depicts a multi-racial neighborhood and many of the main characters are racially diverse. The illustrations are a bit subdued, but still include amusing de ...more
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On a very cold winter day Pauline and her little brother decide to sell lemonade, despite their parents’ warnings that no one will want any. After collecting and counting quarters for supplies, the two get to work! But the street is bare so they come up with ways to entice customers. With a catchy jingles, sale prices and more the siblings are challenged to count their earnings and enjoy the ride even though things don’t always turn out like they had hoped.

Engagement Activity requiring higher-le
Joe Padon
Jenkins, E. (2012). Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money. New York: Schwartz and Wade.

John and Pauline teach us about entrepreneurship, math concepts, and about hard work. Selling lemonade in winter is no easy task, but with a certain motivation in place, Pauling and John work hard to earn money.
Booklist 09/01/12
New York Times 11/11/12
Horn Book 09/01/12
Publishers Weekly starred 07/30/12
Horn Book 04/01/13
School Library Journal starred 08/01/12
Kirkus Reviews 08/01/12

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I’ll start with the less positive spin: “A Lemonade Stand in a Snowstorm? No one will be on the street! No one will want cold drinks! But Pauline and her little brother, John-John, are already jumping with the idea” (jacket copy). Their parents fail to dissuade them (not that they seemed to try too hard), so instead they bundle them up and send them to the store, gather supplies, and spend hours out of doors in the snow. Okay, that didn’t sound all that bad; even with the snow-storming outside.

In this story, two young children decide to set up a lemonade stand in the middle of winter. Despite the chilly wind, the children collect their money, make their product, and sell it on the snowy street outside of their home. The major dramatic question was clear right away in the first pages of the book. The question could be interpreted as, “Will anyone buy lemonade from the children’s stand?”

The protagonists of this book were the two children. Their characters were simple and sweet. Carefre
Rabia Saeed
The book, Lemonade in Winter, by Emily Jenkins & G. Brian Karas, is a story about a brother (John-John) and sister (Pauline) who decide to have a lemonade stand in winter. The story is mostly about counting money, and doing the math of what can be bought with the amount they have. And after they have set up their lemonade stand they continue counting how much money they would get before and after the sale they put on.
This is a great picture book, which teaches children to count, and do the m
Noelle Marie
This story is about two kids, Pauline and John-John, who decide to host a lemonade stand on a frigid February day. Despite their parents protests the siblings get straight to work. The two collect all of their own quarters to purchase their lemons, limes, sugar, and cups. When they are not getting any customers the two decide they should advertise so they shout out what they are selling and how much it costs. Soon they get their first customer who buys two drinks. At fifty cents per drink they m ...more
Feb 11, 2014 Céline rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I giggled throughout this book! I loved the plot: two kids wanting to run a lemonade stand in winter. Introduces simple math concepts,as well as concepts of "sale" and "publicity".
There is a fantastic reference page at the end summarizing pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollars - and how to count them!
This is really one of the most heart warming books I've read in a while. I love it! Two siblings selling lemonade in the winter, and the people who actually buy from them. It is SO cute. Now if I could find a theme to fit it into a story time! Maybe for a winter theme? It really is terrific.
A story about a brother and sister who want to run a lemonade stand in the middle of winter. Money concepts are explained as well as such business techniques as advertising and promotion, profit and loss, and sales. A quick read aloud to begin a discussion on financial literacy and real world math concepts.
Liza Gilbert
The positive I see with this book is that it will help with librarians looking for books they can tie into Money Smart Week.

I have serious concerns about the fact that the parents of the children in the book tell the kids that it's too cold to sell lemonade outside, but they then let the kids go shopping for lemonade supplies and sit outside for several hours. Ah, quality parenting.

Secondly, while this IS a book about two kids counting money, it is NOT a book about two kids with any lick of busi
Pauline and John-John’s parents are practical. They know that a lemonade stand would not turn a profit in the winter but they sit back and allow their children to find a greater return on investment in having the experience of playing business together and learning about money. The text in this picture book, intended for first graders studying the value of coins, alternates between expressive dialogue, repeating chants, and omniscient captions that indicate that the illustrations are captured me ...more
The story is amusing, and believable, as I've come to expect from Jenkins. The counting with money bits were the point, so I shouldn't complain, I mean, it is right there in the title, and probably the contract specified that this should be a money-counting book. But still, it slows down the story.

Library copy.
Siblings Pauline and John-John are bored. Pauline decides she wants to have a lemonade stand. But in the winter? Really? When there's snow on the ground and icicles hanging? Ok...

The brother and sister open piggy banks and look in the couch cushions for as many quarters as they can find. They find 24 quarters total. They head to the grocery story where they explain the cost of fruit and sugar and other things needed for a stand. Then comes the fun part: the kids learn to count money, advertise,
Rebecca Plaza
The subtitle says it all. A book about two kids counting money. Useful to math curriculum practice, making arrays, counting coins as detailed in the end notes as Pauline explains money to John-john.
Picture Book, Realistic Fiction, 2012

A simple story about a brother and sister opening their own lemonade stand. This book would be a great teaching tool about business and counting money.
Two intrepid entrepreneurs find something to do during the cold winter.
It's a great book to use with lower elementary students to go over basic money skills.
Mandy Robek
A great story when winter continues longer than it is wanted. Also, a great book for talking about money and problem solving along the way.
I am not sure how the big sister came up with this idea that she thought would be exciting and advantageous but it did get her and her impressionable little brother out of the house. Wild and Wacky equals lots of fun! They collected their quarters, made the lemonade, and set up the stand out in the snow! Will there be buyers? Will they make a profit? The sibling team does a wonderful job with using a variety of tactics to increase sales. Although in the end it is realized that they did not think ...more
Mariah Smith
Very enjoyable story with great opportunities for children to enjoy math and the beginnings of business economics. It is a happy read-aloud that has inspired a few children from my school to want to try their own lemonade stands. Several children have also been heard chanting the lemonade "chorus" down the halls.
Taylor Troncin
This is a very educational book about money! While selling lemonade in winter might not sound like a good idea, these two make it work! Great for kids who want to learn about coins and bills.
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