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When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree

When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. In this imaginative take on that popular saying, a child is surprised to receive a lemon tree from Grandma for her birthday. After all, she DID ask for a new gadget! But when she follows the narrator's careful--and funny--instructions, s... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781454923817
Barcode 9781454923817
Published 1 April 2019 by Sterling Publishing Co Inc
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Deenihan, Jamie L. B.
Illustrated by Rocha, Lorraine
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ISBN-13 9781454923817
ISBN-10 1454923814
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Sterling Publishing Co Inc
Imprint Sterling
Publication Date 1 April 2019
International Publication Date 5 March 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Deenihan, Jamie L. B.
Illustrated by Rocha, Lorraine
Category General Picture Books
Gardening
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions Width: 216mm
Height: 276mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age 2-6 years
Reading Age 2-6 years
Library of Congress Gratitude, Gifts, Creative ability, Creative ability in children, Gratitude in children
NBS Text Picture Books
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code E
Catalogue Code 972599

Description of this Book

When Grandma gives you a lemon tree, definitely don't make a face! Care for the tree, and you might be surprised at how new things, and new ideas, bloom. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. In this imaginative take on that popular saying, a child is surprised (and disappointed) to receive a lemon tree from Grandma for her birthday. After all, she DID ask for a new gadget! But when she follows the narrator's careful--and funny--instructions, she discovers that the tree might be exactly what she wanted after all. This clever story, complete with a recipe for lemonade, celebrates the pleasures of patience, hard work, nature, community . . . and putting down the electronic devices just for a while.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Gardening tips abound in this delightful guide to caring for a lemon tree. The unnamed protagonist has a carefully drawn-out list of acceptable electronics she wants for her birthday. But Grandma instead brings...gasp...a lemon tree. The second-person text covers appropriate and inappropriate reactions and then advises readers to accept the potted present politely and wait for Grandma to leave or take a nap. Then you definitely shouldn't: drop it from a bridge, send it aloft with balloons, or 'play ding dong ditch' with it (all illustrated with wry understatement). Instead, the narrator offers some incredibly important do's: put the fruit tree 'in a sunny spot' (the grassy verge between sidewalk and street), don't overwater it, and 'battle against intruders' who seem to come from all directions. After nearly a year of caring for her reluctantly received sapling, the protagonist joyously picks her lush lemons, and Grandma even returns to help make some fresh lemonade, the sale of which leads to more plants for her burgeoning garden. Rocha's colors and characters leap right off the page, encouraging readers to get out into the world and create life, beauty, and some great-tasting lemonade (recipe included). The community is diverse and urban, with no lack of personality and detail. The protagonist and Grandma are both black, she with black pigtail puffs and Grandma with a white poof of hair. Charms from cover to cover. --Kirkus
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 1 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Jamie L. B. Deenihan is a teacher and picture book author who lives with her husband and two children in Suffield, Connecticut. When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree is her first picture book. Visit her online at jamiedeenihan.com. Lorraine Rocha studied illustration and animation and worked at Lucasfilm's VFX and animation studio Industrial Light & Magic, contributing to such films as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Ironman. She is the illustrator of Zebra on the Go by Jill Nogales (Peachtree). Lorraine lives with her husband and daughter in San Leandro, CA.

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