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The Lemonade Club by Patricia Polacco
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Feb 10, 08

bookshelves: children-fiction, friendship, picture-books
Read in February, 2008

A wonderful, heart-warming book written in typical Polacco style. This story, as most of her books are, is based on true events. This is the story of her daughter's fifth grade class. Her best friend is chubby and because of this is mercilessly teased by classmates, when over the course of the year, her friend mysteriously starts losing weight and is exhausted much of the time. Sadly, the friend has leukemia, yet with chemotherapy and medical care she rebounds. But, what is most heart-warming is the rallying of the class to her side. When her hair falls out, they all shave their heads, even her teacher, it seems. What they don't know, until later, is that the teacher has breast cancer, and is undergoinging her own treatment. Her hair has fallen out because of her own treatment. When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, the teacher tells them. She also encourages them to always follow their dreams...and she takes her own advice.

In true Polacco fashion, you will get the warm-fuzzies and there may even be a tear in your eye. HEr illustrations are wonderful and story enchancing. A must for kids, as all her books are.
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