Thursday, December 27, 2012

Math Chapter Book: The Lemonade War

Author Jacqueline Davies' contribution to this year's Battle of the Books, The Lemonade War, gives kids many opportunities to consider the math involved in running a business. I'm excited to discover a chapter book that makes business, economics and math exciting. But it's much more than that...
Summary: Siblings--Evan, a 4th grader, and Jessie, his younger sister who is skipping ahead to his grade--compete to see who can generate the most money selling lemonade before the end of summer break. Evan struggles with feeling inferior to Jessie who is very smart in math. She, on the other hand, finds it hard to understand people (her symptoms read like a child with Asperger's, perhaps?), and wishes that her brother would help her navigate the scary world of entering 4th grade.
Although the math and business content is phenomenal, perhaps more importantly, the story illuminates the very complex feelings of two siblings who deeply love one another, all while grappling with the realities of their own strengths and weaknesses. This would be a great book to read aloud and discuss.
Recommended age: 9 & up

Are you interested in other math-related children's books? 

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5 comments:

  1. That sounds like a great book. I'm going to go seeing if I can borrow a copy through my library. I need books about siblings right now, as well as math ones.

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  2. I gave this book to my son for Christmas. I can't wait to read it with him. It's nice to see that you like it.

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  3. I almost forgot, I'm putting this on my Facebook page. Thanks for the review.

    Julie
    http://www.facebook.com/HighhillHomeschool

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    1. Julie, let me know how you like it. And thanks for putting it on FB. :) Happy New Year!

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