Lemonade in Winter


Written by: Emily Jenkins

Illustrated by: G. Brian Karas


Before Reading

Come Prepared

Have change and dollar bills on hand to help you teach your child about money through-out the story. The more quarters you have, the better, but it will also be helpful to have other coins as well. 

Explore Illustrations

Help your child learn about counting, money and starting a business with this endearing story about two children who decide to open a lemonade stand. Discuss the illustrations with your child using questions like:

Make Predictions:

Who do you think these children are?

What do you think they are doing?

{Flip to an Illustration} What is happening in this picture?

Be encouraging and remind your child that these are just guesses and that there are no right or wrong answers. 

Activate Prior Knowledge

Discuss money with your child. Point out each coin and say how much it is worth. Ask your child, "What are some things that we use money to buy? Does it take a lot of money to buy ______?"


As You Read

Work With Real Money

Incorporate the money that you have on hand to help your child visualize how Pauline and John-John handle the money. As they count their change, count along with your own money and separate the quarters into dollars.

Make Connections:

Discuss how your child would advertise and entertain to get more customers to come to his/her own lemonade stand. Ask, "What would you do to bring people to your stand? Do you think it would work? How?"


After Reading

Summarize and Interpret

Discuss The Story

Why didn't Pauline and John-John's parents think it was a good idea to open a lemonade stand?

What did they do to open their stand?

How did they bring people to their stand?

Why was Pauline sad when they closed their stand?

Talk About Your Child's Stand

If you had a stand, what would you sell?

How much would you charge for one ______?

Review Money

Use the "Pauline Explains Money To John-John" page to go over the value of different coins and bills. 


Activity: Make Some Lemonade (Or Limeade)

From: PBS Kids

Supplies: 4 lemons (or limes), 1 cup of sugar, 6 cups of water, ice, a knife, bowl, strainer, pitcher and mixing spoon

Go to the store and buy the ingredient you need for this activity. Be sure to keep the receipt so that you can go over the cost with your child. If you already have the ingredients at home, look up the prices online and write them down. 

  1. Start by rolling each lemon on a counter with the palm of your hand. This helps make more juice and makes the lemons easier to squeeze.
  2. Cut the lemons in half and squeeze them into a bowl. Be sure to strain the juice so that there aren't any seeds in your lemonade.
  3. Pour the lemon juice into the pitcher and then add the sugar and water.
  4. Stir everything together.
  5. Pour the lemonade into a glass with ice and enjoy!

You can also make limeade by substituting the lemons in this recipe for limes. And if you and your child want to, you can make your very own lemonade stand! All you need is a table, a poster, paper cups and your homemade lemonade!

    STEM Extension

    In the story, four lemons cost a dollar, four limes cost a dollar, and sugar costs two dollars. Help your child figure out how much that comes to using the change and dollars that you have. This will help younger children get the hang of each coin's worth and how to add them together to get the total cost of the ingredients. If your child is older, encourage him to use the actual prices on your receipt or online to discover the total price.

    Check It Out

    Looking for something else to do with your freshly squeezed lemonade? Check out this delicious recipe for Lemonade Fruit Popsicles. It's meant to be a summer snack but, hey, if Pauline and John-John can have a lemonade stand in winter, we can have lemonade fruit popsicles any time of year! 

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