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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel Books (Sept. 20 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399245405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399245404
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 0.6 x 28.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I am a big fan of this author but only just discovered this book. It passed my 'flip-through-goose-bumps' test in the store, and when I got it home and read it cover to cover, I was weeping for joy. This is a true story about the life saving power of friendship, sharing, support and hope in the face of disease and fear between children, as well as between a teacher and her students. It is of particular relevance to a school where a student or a teacher is seriously ill. You have to get it and you have to read it to as many children, young adults and teachers as you can.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
The Lemonade CLub Oct. 25 2007
By Paulette Carles - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This was a very sweet, age appropriate book for my daughter. She and I really enjoyed it. My daughter smiled and laughed while I choked back my tears. This books captures life with cancer very well.

My daughter is 5 years old, in kindergarten, and in treatment for leukemia. She was bald when she started school and it was a Big Deal when she gathered enough confidence to attend school without her head scarf. She really enjoys reading books about experiences she has gone through during treatment. It makes her feel less alone. I am grateful to Patricia Polacco for writing this book.

It was wonderful to read a book that truly "got it" when it comes to feeling about cancer, teasing, children, friends and making the best of sour lemons.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
YOU WILL LOVE IT! May 15 2013
By Randie - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Polacco, P. (2007). The Lemonade Club. New York, NY: Philomel Books.

Genre: Children's Picture Storybook (Memoir)

Polacco has an almost magical ability to tell powerful, yet beautiful stories. In "The Lemonade Club," Polacco is telling a true story that involves her daughter, Traci, Traci's best friend, Marilyn, and their fifth grade teacher, Miss Wichelman.

Traci and Marilyn were best friends and did everything together---as best friends do. They were even in the same class and they both loved their teacher, Miss Wichelman. Miss Wichelman was loved because she encouraged her students to dream and to overcome challenges by making lemonade from lemons. This advice was put to the test when Marilyn was diagnosed with cancer (leukemia). Marilyn undergoes treatments, becomes weak, obtains bruises, loses her hair, and struggles with good and not so good days. Traci and Miss Wichelman visit her frequently while she recovers from her treatments...meanwhile; the entire fifth grade class plans a surprise for Marilyn's first day back to school. I was already teary-eyed from the beginning of the book but the surprise released the floodgates and I cried happy tears. It also happens that Miss Wichelman has breast cancer, so she bonds with Marilyn and Traci in a meaningful way. The three become the Lemonade Club and when Miss Wichelman marries five years later, Marilyn and Traci wear bright lemon yellow gowns in the ceremony in celebration of not only the wedding but also in celebration of their recoveries and Miss Wichelman following her career dream.

Polacco includes actual photographs of The Lemonade Club ladies all grown up and it is remarkable to be able to connect the book characters with the real people.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Another Wonderful Patricia Polacco! April 29 2012
By Maggie Mattmiller - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Patricia Polacco books are picture books, often time with a deep or heavy theme. Just because a book is a picture book, doesn't mean it's necessarily right for a 3 year old. That being said, there is no right way to decide what age IS the appropriate age for this book. Often times with her books, I feel that they can be good for kids way past the typical picture book age! Even as an adult, I can deeply appreciate her books. Younger children can benefit from this story as well, though. So often, a child may have a person in their life who has cancer, and they may not understand what it is, or how that person might be feeling on a day to day basis. They may not understand why that person is wearing a scarf or hat. Sadly, there may be a child in a class going through this- this is a true story of a friend in the author's daughter's class! And sadly, this book may be a help to a child who is going through this him/herself!

I am a huge Patricia Polacco fan and I appreciate that she addresses some tough issues others might not know how to touch on! Even in my twenties, she is one of my favorite authors! Another job well done!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Lemonade Club Nov. 5 2007
By Reathea Woodburn - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I wait for every new book that Ms. Polacco writes and I'm never disappointed. I loved the 'almost' sad ending but she came through at the end. She's my favorite!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Powerful story with a good ending May 5 2014
By Margaret A. Flanagan - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Some of the stories about dealing with cancer have a sad ending, but this one doesn't, so it is even better. I love Patricia Polacco's writing and drawing, and this is a terrific way to let kids hear about cancer in a way they can absorb. Although 5th grade is probably the target on reading level, you can edit as you read to younger children and it works just as well because of the terrific pictures. I have read it to Kindergarten and Second graders, and there were students in each class dealing with someone in their family with cancer - leukemia and breast cancer are the ones mentioned in the book, but it helps the kids deal with the topic.