Fun to read, and re-read and re-read again


A little girl's birthday wish list is filled with gadgets. A lemon tree was NOT on her list. But that is the gift her grandma gave her. With the help of the invisible narrator, she learns the appropriate way to accept such a unique gift. Then she learns about how to care for her new lemon tree, which she names Lola. She realizes she can open a lemonade stand and use the money to buy the gadgets on her list ... but is that what she really wants? 

Parent Perspective:
I LOVE this book. Rare is the picture book that can effectively layer so many themes and create a seamless story (see educational content below). Readers will instantly connect with the young girl, as her expressive face mirrors their thoughts. We quickly learn how NOT to respond to a gift that we didn't ask for / don't think we want. A lesson much better coming from an invisible narrator than Mom or Dad!

Just like the adage, the little girl learns to make lemonade of her "lemon" gift - figuratively and literally. In the process, she learns a little about herself and those "things" she thought she wanted. Highly recommended.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Lovely, expressive illustrations create a canvas for this fun, education story about gratitude, family, and growing up. There are layers that will grow with your child well into elementary school. Highly recommended.

Content Awareness Factors:


Type of Book:
This picture book layers many themes which unfold with each re-reading
Educational Themes:

The themes in this story easily grow with your child. There are simple ideas like the changing seasons and how to care for plants, as well as more abstract concepts like gratitude. Older children will be drawn to the idea of having a lemonade stand and making money to buy what they "want." 

Great conversations - and planning/critical thinking - are great for energetic, older kids. They will also understand more about what the girl learned about happiness and giving to others, v. getting for oneself. 

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy! This is a great book to share any time and it will grow with your child. Get a copy for grandma, too.

Title When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree
Author Jamie L. B. Deenihan
Publisher Sterling Children's Books, Imprint Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. © 2019
Illustrators Lorraine Rocha
ISBN 9781454923817
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Family
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