Sunday, January 28, 2018

Peg + Cat: The Lemonade Problem by Jennifer Oxley - OPTIONAL

Oxley, Jennifer   Peg + Cat: The Lemonade Problem  Illustrated by Billy Aronson. 31 pages. Candlewick Entertainment, 2017. $12.99. PICTURE BOOK

Based on a script written for the PBS TV series called Peg + Cat, this book is about Peg and her experiences operating a lemonade stand, trying to sell lemonade for marbles. When the teens think the price is too high, she lowers it a few times, only to realize, once she's reached the right price, that she's forgotten to bring cups. Cat runs off to trade for cups while Peg entertains the teens, hoping they will not leave. But then the weather clouds over.

The cartoonish digital illustrations look like they are printed on graph paper and the text looks like it came from an old typewriter, giving the book the feel of a child's piece of work. There are several math concept tie-ins throughout the book: the concepts of more and less are incorporated several places in the story, the teens all sport a number on their front, the illustrations include several charts and graphs, and the page numbers show the addition problem of plus one for each new page number. If this is a popular show with your students, I am sure this will be a popular book. And if you like this book, I suggest you look into purchasing the beginner reader books based on this show, which are coming out in 2018. That is a great format for using these characters to get kids reading.

EL (K-3) - OPTIONAL. Reviewed by P. K. Foster, teacher-librarian

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