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The Lemonade Club [Hardcover]

Patricia Polacco
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Sept. 25 2007
Everyone loves Miss Wichelman?s fifth-grade class?especially best friends Traci and Marilyn. That?s where they learn that when life hands you lemons, make lemonade! They are having a great year until Traci begins to notice some changes in Marilyn. She?s losing weight, and seems tired all the time. She has leukemia?and a tough road of chemotherapy ahead. It is not only Traci and Miss Wichelman who stand up for her, but in a surprising and unexpected turn, the whole fifth-grade class, who figures out a way to say we?re with you.

In true Polacco fashion, this book turns lemons into lemonade and celebrates amazing life itself.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Your Heart Will Dance! July 18 2008
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lemonade CLub Oct. 25 2007
By Paulette Carles - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lemonade Club Nov. 5 2007
By Reathea Woodburn - Published on Amazon.com
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars YOU WILL LOVE IT! May 15 2013
By Randie - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful story with a good ending May 5 2014
By Margaret A. Flanagan - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Generational link Dec 28 2012
By Grandmom Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Patricia Palocca captures the essence of friendship when adversity comes in life. Her pictures capture so much, right down to the directions of the hair returning after chemo.
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