I was tickled pink (as in pink lemonade!) to review Shannon Ryan’s new children’s book “The Lemonade Stand”. I am a new grandmother of an eight month old who has been reading bed time story books since he was only 2 months. I now have a new appreciation for the power of the written and illustrated word for children of all ages.
The Lemonade Stand – by Shannon Ryan
The Lemonade Stand shares the desires of our children to meet their own needs for play, their insatiable capacity to love and the want to help others. It shows a way to fulfill those dreams in a practical and totally achievable manner.
Shannon incorporates her own girls, Lauren and Taylor, in the story, along with her little godson’s, who have not quite achieved the wisdom of their money savvy friends. Ryan and Christopher have big eyes full of want as they see things on the toy shelf while shopping with their mother.
The boys do not have enough money in their pockets and their savvy Mom is not willing to indulge their every whim. Lauren understands their disappointment and provides some hope that they can do some things to improve the situation all on their own.
Without, giving away the plot, although you may have some predictions , the two boys learn all about entrepreneurship, marketing, raw materials and associated costs and finally profit margins. There’s a little math thrown in there too, for good measure!
What I liked about the book was the demonstration of self-sufficiency but also the wise allocation of the profits made against wants, future needs and charity. Children can identify themselves easily in these characters, and in doing so realize they too have the capacity to do whatever it takes to make their dreams come true.
As a mom of four grown children, I second guess my past behaviours and what I have taught my kids growing up about money. I probably could have done better, knowing what I know now, even though they’ve all turned out pretty good in matters relating to money and otherwise.
Shannon gave me permission to share ‘The Lemonade Stand” with my daughter, a new Mom who is also very frugal. She liked the book too and in her words “it teaches some important life lessons such as learning the value of money, how to share, how to work as a team with others and how to save money for something you really want.” All of these are things they hope to teach their son as he gets older.
Personally, I will be happy to read this book to my grandson, and given that he’s already standing at eight months, I think he will be opening his own lemonade stand anytime soon.
The Lemonade stand is skillfully illustrated by a very talented Aaron Kizer.
How to buy The Lemonade Stand Book
If you are interested in purchasing this book for your children, nieces or nephews or grandchildren you can use the following coupon code (TOUR3114) to get $3 off the book at The Heavy Purse Store.
The Lemonade Stand – iPad Mini Giveaway
July 14-31, 2014
Sponsored by The Heavy Purse
As part of the book launch, The Heavy Purse is offering an iPad Mini giveaway raffle
Co-hosted by Are Ya Gonna Eat That, Broke Millennial, Budget and The Beach, Budget Blonde, Budgeting for More, Busy Mom Budgets, Cash Cow Couple, Cents and Sensibility, Club Thrifty, Color Me Frugal, Debt Debs, Debt Roundup, Disease Called Debt, Eat Laugh Purr, Enemy of Debt, Eyes on the Dollar, Femme Frugality, Financially Blonde, Frugal Rules, Living Richly Cheaply, Luke 1428, Making Sense of Cents, Money Saving Dude, Monster Piggy Bank, Not Now Mom’s Busy, Reach Financial Independence, Shoeaholic No More, Stacking Benjamins, Tackling Our Debt, The Broke and Beautiful Life, The Finance Girl, The Frugal Farmer, The Random Path, Thrifty Dad, VeegMama and Young Adult Money. Join Lauren and Taylor in their continuing money adventures in The Lemonade Stand by Shannon Ryan, CFP®.
Shannon is a Mom on a mission to help busy parents teach their children simple, value-based principles that guide their money decisions and support their long-term financial well-being. “Everyone handles money. Unfortunately, not everyone does it with confidence. Money has long been a taboo topic in many homes, which makes it even harder for parents to know where to start or what to teach. So I created a series of children books to help parents ease into these important conversations. Financial literacy is one of the most loving gifts you can give your children, and I encourage everyone to make money conversations a priority in your home.”
We’re Giving Away an iPad Mini to One Lucky Reader!
Help us celebrate the release of The Lemonade Stand and join Shannon in her mission to increase financial literacy in both children and adults.
The giveaway runs from July 14-31, 2014 and is open worldwide.*
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