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The Lemonade Stand Book Review and Giveaway


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-standThe 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.  ;-)


Collage of Illustrations from The Lemonade Stand by Shannon Ryan – Illustrated by Aaron Kizer

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.*

* A winner located outside of the United States will receive a cash equivalent prize via PayPal. a Rafflecopter giveaway


Author: debster

I am a fifty-something wife, mother and new grandmother, who admits to having their “head in the sand” about their financial situation until amassing $247,500 worth of consumer debt for a total debt of $393,500. We've paid $121K in 2 years with four more years to go. Join my journey at sharing ideas and motivation to all those coping with poor money management and bad debt decisions.

65 thoughts on “The Lemonade Stand Book Review and Giveaway

  1. Loving reading all of these posts re The Lemonade Stand. I hope it’s a huge success, Shannon!
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  2. I got a copy myself and it was very well done! Shannon should be very proud of her work!
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  3. Great review! I plan on getting copies of it for my cousins for Christmas. Great to be co-hosting the giveaway with you.
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  4. Great review Deb!! Love that we both shared ours today, and I love how much buzz Shannon is getting. I hope it translates into lots of book sales for her!
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  5. I can’t wait till I have some little youngsters in my life to share it with!

  6. I’m seeing the Lemonade Stand everywhere…Shannon must be so proud!
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  7. She did a great job…all my kids loved it!
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  8. I loved this book too! Glad you got to participate Debs :)
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  9. Thank you so much for your wonderful review, Deb. I truly appreciate it. I think every parent second-guesses themselves when it comes to our children, but it sounds like you did a great job with them. I’m glad your daughter enjoyed the story and wants to instill those same behaviors and habits into your grandson. He’ll be running his own lemonade stand in no time. And the younger they are, the more business them seem to get. Who can resist a cute kid? :) Thanks again for your support!
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  10. I was always given the chance to be responsible with my own money.

    • That’s the way it should be as long as some of the rules and guidelines are taught too! Thanks for commenting, Lisa!

  11. We taught our daughter the importance of saving money with a goal in mind for spending it. Kids want to spend immediately for the most part as if the money was “burning a hole in their pockets” to use a cliche. When a child is saving for something they really want, rather than the immediate gratification of spending it, we teach them delayed gratification and the importance of saving and budgeting – all much needed skills in adulthood. Now that our daughter has her own children, she is teaching them that skill I am pleased to say.

    • The immediate gratification fizzles out fast. Delaying helps to prioritize the spending. Sounds like you guys and your daughter have the right approach. Thanks for visiting and commenting! :-D

  12. I am teaching my kids what my parents taught me. God gets the first tenth and then give to those that are in need. I am also teaching them to save for the future.

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  14. I learnt to invest in stocks, taught by my dad.
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  16. I got allowance ($2/ week!) and had to save up for whatever I wanted – my parents didn’t buy me leisure goods.

    • Astrid, now you reminded me that when I first got my allowance it was $0.50 / every week (or maybe even every two weeks… I forget… it was the 60’s)

  17. My parents taught me to set aside 10% for tithes. Then prioritize the rest of my expenses. If something isn’t really a necessity, I hold off on buying it. They also allowed me to make mistakes so that I can be wiser with my money.
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    • I’m doing that too, holding off buying this. Good strategy. I guess you have lived and learned!

  18. My parents taught me through example to make sure I give to God first ,that saving is a good thing and that sharing what you have brings happiness. I have tried to pass these values on to my children .

  19. Always put half in the bank. I wished I followed that advice!

    • I agree… the more personal finance blogs I read, the more popular this notion is. Save 50% as much and as often as possible of everything you make.

  20. My father tried to teach me to never charge more on a credit card than you can pay in 28 days…in other words to never charge more than you can pay for immediately without accruing interest charges. It worked for awhile but I fell off the wagon a few years ago

  21. Growing up we were not well off, so money was spent with care. Watching that was how I learnt the value of saving money.

    • Great way to learn and appreciate, money. Some people don’t learn until they’ve made a lot of bad mistakes (raises hand)! ;-)

  22. always have a rainy day fund

  23. Amazing giveaway!

  24. I was required to have a job in high school to learn to save money. I thank my parents for that!

    • Yes, you can! Thank all parents who had high expectations of their kids! Thanks for commenting, Holly.

  25. my parents teach me to save money for the future use. I would definitely teach my daughter also to save money when she doesnt need to spend it.

    • It’s good to talk about money with your kids and make sure they feel comfortable to ask questions so that they can learn good money management.

  26. My Parents didn’t really do the whole teach about money thing… So I would want to teach my children how to save and spend responsibly.

    • Hi Amanda – good for you. There’s no reason why you can’t take that valuable lesson you learned from your parents and turn it around.

  27. I teach them by making them work hard for a toy or something else that they really want. This teaches them the value of hard work and the rewards of it. :) Hey guys, there is no @LiveRichlyCheaply twitter account. Can that be a free entry? :) Great giveaway by the way!

  28. even though we were fine financially, my parents wouldn’t buy me stupid stuff all the time or everything i would ask them.. that made me think twice about what i’m gonna buy. – nowadays i may have forgotten that :S

  29. Gr8 giveaway

  30. I am interested in purchasing two copies of this book to give as Christmas presents, but when I tried to order it via Travis P’s blog, I found I was unable to do so. No shipping for Canadian readers : (
    Would you please let me know how I can go about making this order?
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    • Hi Prudence

      I just checked with Shannon, the author and she asked me to ask you to email her. There would be some shipping costs involved, but she said they would try to minimize by shipping the most economical way. If you email me through my contact page I will give further details. Thanks!

  31. When I was growing up my parents taught us about money by showing us how to make things instead of buy them and budget for what you need.I teach my kids the same way :)

    • That’s awesome, Judy. Learning DIY skills are something that builds confidence in kids too!

  32. My kids are to young to be taught about saving money at the moment but I want them to have a set goal for stuff they want and for them to wait before spending there money because when we wait before buying something half the time we realized we never really needed what we wanted.

    • Good point, Jessica. Having your kids practice that patience will serve them well in the future. Instant gratification is short-lived but can have negative consequences.

  33. My parents didn’t really teach me, I just saw that they don’t splurge on themselves and I learned to save money for the unexpected emergencies in life.