Book Review: The Lemonade Club
Patricia Polacco’s books consistently occupy an unusual spot in the world of children’s literature. Typically more mature than your average picture book yet less elaborate than your average chapter book, her stories tend to find their audience with the sensitive and worldly youngster. Based on a true story, “The Lemonade Club” continues in this tradition, offering up doses of sadness and friendship.
Friends Marilyn and Traci share a close friendship with their teacher, Miss Wichelman. She is supportive, always encouraging her students to make the most out of life’s lemons. When one of the girls is diagnosed with cancer, the three friends – The Lemonade Club – will need each other like never before.
A tear-jerker to be sure, the emotion is brought to life in fine fashion through Polacco’s wonderful pencil and marker illustrations. A story that will find it’s audience and be enjoyed for some time to come.
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Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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