When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree Written by Jamie L. B. Deenihan and Illustrated by Lorraine Rocha

We all have that relative who gives us gifts that we maybe sort of don’t really like that much. Don’t we!?!?

Jamie L. B. Deenihan‘s debut (I LOVE featuring debut authors!) children’s picture book When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree (released March 5 from Sterling) puts a wonderful new spin on the when life gives you lemonade saying!

Illustrated by Lorraine Rocha, this book is a fabulous story about the power of, well, grandmas! And the importance of thinking about what’s really important.

As the main character’s birthday is coming up, she wants “kid things”: a robot dog, a computer, and phone, etc. What she does not want is a lemon tree! But guess what?!?! That is what she receives. And she has to pretend to love it. Until, one day, she realizes she does love it!

A wonderful story about the power of grandparents/child relationships and the beauty of gifts that have a long-lasting, beautiful effect on one’s heart and community! Young readers will be inspired by the community garden the little girl designs after reconsidering her original birthday wishes.

Rocha’s illustrations are absolutely stunning! There is such energy and vibrance, and my children’s literature students and I LOVED the last full-page spread on which the garden is blooming!

Teachers can use this book to generate conversations about community and encourage students to plant their own community garden. Paired texts could include Paul Fleischman‘s Seedfolks and those listed here on Goodreads.

When Grandma Gives you a Lemon Tree earns four stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


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