Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Lemonade War

The Lemonade War
Title: The Lemonade War
Author: Jacqueline Davies
Publication Date: 2007      
Genre/Format: Realistic Fiction/Novel
Summary: Jessie and Evan are brother and sister and they get along pretty well until a letter arrives from school announcing that because Jessie is jumping to 4th grade but some kids have moved away there will only be one 4th grade class.  That means Jessie and Evan will be in the same class!  Evan is not happy but Jessie can’t figure out why.  Before they know it, they’re in a war to sell more lemonade in the few days before school starts again.
What I Think: I love this book!  There are so many great things about this book that make me ecstatic that I came across it.  I love that each chapter alternates from Jessie to Evan’s perspective.  I love the relationship between siblings – I have a sister and I know how hard it can be to get along sometimes!  I love the incorporation of running a lemonade stand and how business works on a level kids can understand.  I really love the description of the emotions the kids feel as they war against each other when really deep down they do love each other. 
Read Together: 3 – 6, Great as a read-aloud!
Read Alone: 4 – 8, I think this would be great for middle schoolers who are struggling with reading – the language is easy to read but I think it would maintain their interest.
Read With: Flipped By Wendelin Van Draanen; Lawn Boy By Gary Paulsen;
Snatch of Text: “She opened the door and felt the full heat of the day on her skin.  It was like some giant had blown his hot, stinky breath on her.” p. 19 
The beginning of chapter 11 is a great example of the disappointment Evan feels at one point during their “war”, it’s towards the end of the book but I don’t think it will spoil the ending if you read it as an example of personal narrative for disappointment - p. 143-148.
Reading Strategies to Practice: Perspective, Characterization
Writing Strategies to Practice: Writing from different perspectives, Personal Narrative
Writing Prompts: Write about at time in your life when you experienced disappointment.  Write about a family event from the perspective of two different family members.  Persuade someone to take a risk – jump off the high dive, go snowboarding, eat sushi.   
Topics Covered: Family, Perspective, Feelings, Ambition, Disappointment, Pride, Taking Risks
Translated to Spanish: No

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