When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree (Hardcover)

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The young protagonist in this book has a very specific birthday list. She wants a robot dog, a drone, and a remote controlled car. Instead, her grandma gives her a lemon tree. What follows is a humorous how to (or how-not-to) guide to taking care of your lemon tree. (Tip: Do NOT throw it off a bridge!). When the tree produces lemons, they young girl is able to make lemonade and earn money to buy her own gifts - which turn out to be quite different from what she originally thought she wanted! A classic premise with a message as sweet as lemonade and illustrations as colorful as a garden, this is a book that every shelf needs!

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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.

"Charms from cover to cover." --Kirkus (Starred review)

"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.

About the Author

Jamie L. B. Deenihan is a teacher and picture book author who lives with her husband and two children in Suffield, CT. 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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781454923817
ISBN-10: 1454923814
Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
Publication Date: March 5th, 2019
Pages: 32
Language: English