What's Going On Here?

There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Pucker Up!

One of my most favorite shows is Modern Family.  Although I couldn't stand the show Married, with Children and especially the character that Ed O'Neill played on it, Ed O'Neill is one of my favorite characters on MF.  Last night I was watching the episode which saw him and his granddaughter, Lilly, selling lemonade and advertising it as "Pucker Up" and so that's how this whole stream of consciousness thing got started.  Anyway...
The Lemonade War is a book a that I have been wanting to read for some time.  It's a series and I hope to read the rest, because this was a sweet little story and good for guys and girls.
It's a brother and sister story.  Evan and Jessie have gotten along pretty well.  Evan is older, just by a year.  He isn't as book-smart as his sister, because Jessie seems to be a gifted kid and she is actually skipping a grade.  As we meet them in this first book, they have just found out that Jessie and Evan will be in the same class next year.  That makes Evan super sad.  And super cranky.  Jessie can't really understand why Evan is being so distant and mean.  The two begin to compete to see who can sell the most lemonade before school starts.  There's math in here and good info about starting a business.  It isn't preachy though and it all comes across very naturally as part of the story that I think kids in grades 2-4 would really like.  Good stuff!

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