Monday, December 22, 2014
Sara Miriam Gross has done a fantastic job in Lemonade Girls Forever! This is a sweet book of short stories about four girls who find a positive side to every event, no matter how sour it may seem.
Judging the Book by its Cover - a first glance review:
The cover to this book is colorful with an illustration of three girls making lemonade from a bunch of lemons. Its fun and cheerful, just like the content inside.
Some Details I Liked:
Aside from the great writing style, I very much appreciated the extra detail of having a profile of each girl at the start of the book. The profiles are diverse and that is what gives each story its realistic touch, as the characters are consistent throughout the short stories. I also enjoyed the "Extra Tidbits" at the end of the book, which provide guidance and extra information on topics discussed in the stories.
Who This Book is For:
Although this book is probably intended for young teen or pre-teen girls, it is written smoothly and can easily be entertaining for adults as well. There isn't anything specifically feminine about the stories other than the fact that the main characters are girls, so I think a boy reader would also savor the episodes of the Lemonade Girls.
Who This Book Isn’t For:
Lemonade Girls Forever! is a compilation of short stories, most of which appeared originally in the Mishpacha Junior, but not all. It is a nice size book at nearly 200 pages, but it isn't a novel that will take you through a specific time period and follow up on any conflict mentioned, if that is what you are looking for.
What I Didn’t Like/Would Have Made it Better:
I would love to read the Lemonade Girls Grow Up and follow them through more complex situations. The storylines in this book are amazing, but since the characters are younger, the challenges they face are challenges that younger people deal with. That is great for this book, but I can only imagine how fun it would be if there was a next book... :)
I was so happy to review this book and can't wait to share it with my daughter when she is old enough to read chapter books. There are so many great lessons in each story, making the book a pleasure to read and learn from.
I received this book for the purpose of reviewing it, but that it no way changed the way I read it and reviewed it.