Gardens and plants, Grandparents, spring

When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree by Jamie L.B. Deenihan

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Back of Book:
“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.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Sterling Press in exchange for an honest review.
I was thrilled to read such a touching and beautiful story from debut author Jamie L. B. Deeniham. The story follows a little girl who receives a unique gift of a lemon tree from her grandma. Instead of being disappointed, the girl turns lemons into lemonade and finds a way to bring her neighborhood together. This story ties in so many messages including respect for elders, hard work, patience, and placing others before yourself. I loved how the end of the story shows the young girl buying something that everyone can enjoy. The text is written in a second person narrative which keeps readers engaged throughout the story. The illustrations by Lorraine Rocha are whimsical and warm. The details within the pages are amazing and include a diverse group of children playing and learning together. The special note from the author about the cancer ribbons in the pages especially touched my heart. My favorite illustration is the one with all the children placing their toys and gadgets down to work in the garden.
This is a beautiful story that is perfect for any garden or spring unit.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

Grandparents

A Gift from Abuela by Cecilia Ruiz

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Back of Book:

The first time Abuela holds Nina, her heart overflows with tenderness. And as Nina grows up, she and Abuela spend plenty of time together. Abuela can’t help thinking how much she’d like to give Nina a very special treat, so she saves a little bit of her money every week — a few pesos here, a few pesos there. When the world turns upside down, Abuela’s dream of a surprise for Nina seems impossible. Luckily, time spent together — and the love Abuela and Nina have for each other — could turn out to be the very best gift of all. With a soft and subtle hand, author-illustrator Cecilia Ruiz draws from her own history to share a deeply personal tale about remembering what’s most important when life starts to get in the way
My Review:
I was sent this touching story by author Cecillia Ruiz in exchange for an honest review. I love this tenderhearted story about a grandmother’s love for her granddaughter. I love that this book is filled with the traditions and culture of Mexico. It shows readers the importance of respecting elders and spending quality time with them. The text is sprinkled with Spanish words, which shows readers the beauty of the Spanish language. The ending is sweet and satisfying. The illustrations are beautiful drawings that have soft colors. This is a wonderful multicultural story and should be apart of all classroom libraries.
Ages 5 and up
38 Pages

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The Bee Tree By Patricia Polacco

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Back of Book: When Mary Ellen gets bored with her reading, Grandpa knows a hunt for a bee tree is just what she needs. Half the town joins the exciting chase, but it’s not until everyone returns home that Mary Ellen makes a discovery of her own: Sometimes, even the sweetest of things must be worked for!

My Review:  This story is different from many books I have read. The story is about a little girl and her grandfather chasing a bee to get to the honey. As they continue on their hunt more and more people join. This creates an exciting community event that everyone in the village can enjoy and participate in.  The end of the story has a very important message about knowledge and education that the grandfather shares with Mary Ellen. Patricia Polacco always manages to intertwine the beauty of tradition with a fun and entertaining story.

Ages 8 and up

32 Pages