The Embodiment of turning Lemons into Lemonade


Alex has a problem that is bigger than she is: she is fighting a particurlarly nasty sickness. She wants to help other kids who have this illness, too, so she comes up with a plan to make a difference. Alex decides to sell lemonase from a lemonade stand.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The story is inspirational, offering children insight to illness, compassion, and making a difference with a simple tale they can understand.

Content Awareness Factors:

Minor: you need to know up front that this is about a little girl who died of cancer. You may want to prescreen this book to prepare for questions.

Little Kid Reaction

Although s/he requested the book several times, our preschooler never sat still through the whole story. Instead, s/he would walk away about halfway through.

Parent Reaction

The story is not what you expect … until you finish the second page. The rhyming scheme and bright illustrations keep the theme light, but it would be nice to have a "warning" for parents so they know what's coming. Some "discussion" ideas would also be helpful, as not all parents will feel comfortable talking about cancer or death.

Type of Book:
This book uses rhyme to retell the real-life story of a little girl.
Educational Themes:

The book offers families the opportunity to introduce some facts of life (e.g., death, terminal illness) as well as compassion and making a difference.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Started reading to 4-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow or buy. Families dealing with serious childhood illness, or those who want to introduce death to young children should consider this for their libraries. The purchase of the book goes to a great cause.

Title Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand
Author Liz Scott, Jay Scott
Publisher Paje Publishing Company © 2008
Illustrators Pam Howard
ISBN 9780975320006
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.95
Genres Health & Wellness
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