COOLER THAN LEMONADE takes a twist on the classic childhood activity of having a lemonade stand. Eva is entrepreneurial and resourceful, so when she starts her lemonade stand only to be undercut by her neighbors, she goes back to the drawing board again and again to figure out how to be successful. She finally lands on doing something her white neighbors can’t: embracing her cultural identity and selling kulfi, an Indian ice cream-like treat. In the end, she even teams up with her neighbors for her to sell kulfi and they sell lemonade. A heartwarming tale of a driven girl finding and embracing her strengths despite setbacks. The illustrations bring Eva’s story to life.
Cooler Than Lemonade is a cute picture book about a young girl named Eva trying to start her neighbourhood business. It is hot out, so she plans a lemonade stand. When the boy across the street also opens a lemonade stand, she has to change and adapt to keep in business. When he begins to offer free cookies with his lemonade, she throws in the towel and closes her stand. Her little brother realizes that she is happy when she is making things, so he asks her to make him her delicious kulfi (a frozen treat). She agrees and as she gets happier, she realizes that she can make and sell kulfi and to make it even better, she can partner up with Jake who can sell his lemonade. This is a story with great illustrations, and a message to young readers or those listening to the story. Eva showed that adapting is something we all need to do at times, as well as the idea of working together creating a successful experience. There will always be competition, it's how you deal with it that determines what will happen. This is a multi-cultural story sharing a delicious food from the Indian culture and even comes with a simple, no cook recipe at the end. My grandkids wanted to make kulfi, but I convinced them to wait until it was hotter out to do it. They enjoyed the story and thought Eva was pretty smart.
Eva loves to make things and come up with new ideas. When a lemon bonks her on the head, she decides to beat the summer heat by setting up a lemonade stand. Things go well until a neighbor sets up a competing stand, then Eva puts her thinking cap back on to make improvements. If they offer lower prices, then she will offer a new flavor. If they add new flavors, then she will advertise. If... well, you get the idea. Just when it seems she will be driven out of business by the competition, her bother Aru reminds her, "You're happy when you make things." His request for a special snack inspires Eva to try once more and this time she finds the perfect solution to keep everyone happy.
Titles that feature girls as inventors and entrepreneurs are always a welcome addition to library and classroom collections. This book also features a brother and sister of Indian descent and their final product is a treat that is sold by street vendors in India, showing an alternative to the lemonade stands and ice cream trucks in typical summer stories. There is even a (no-cook) recipe for making kulfi at home after reading about Eva's great idea.
I enjoyed Eva's brainstorming with an actual thinking cap (a purple top hat), the way that she does product testing with family and friends, and the illustration of her bedroom with recipes and diagrams taped to the wall and craft supplies and tools all over the floor. It is obvious that the lemonade stand is not the first brainstorm she has had. This story would fit into units on summer, economics, perseverance, competition/cooperation and creativity.
This is a great children's book that shows children not to compete with each other but how to share and build a partnership. Thank you NetGalley for the chance to read this book in exchange for my honest feedback!
A cute book! Cooler than Lemonade is about a young girl who builds a lemonade stand. She has all the right tools for success, and then runs into competition. She revamps several times, and so does her competition. Eventually she decides to give up...until her sibling invites her to make kulfi, a Persian ice cream. Eva realizes that this can be the secret to her success and ends up working with her competition doing what she knows how to do best. I loved that this book showed creativity, the importance of taking a break, multiple times trying for success, and partnership. 5 Stars from me!
This is a Children's Book. I really found this book to be super cute and fun to read. The pictures were so colorful which I loved. This book is a great summer read for parents to read with their kiddos or kids to read by themselves. I received an ARC of this book. This review is my own honest opinion about the book like all my reviews are.
Competition can be good - until it isn't. Eva and her little brother open a lemonade stand. The boy across the street opens a lemonade stand and ups his game. Eva ups her game. This continues until there is no choice but to close her stand. She can't compete. What to do? What can she offer that will be uniquely Eva? Her little brother suggests Kulfi, an Indian dessert similar to ice cream. Bingo! Suddenly Eva has her very own product and a successful stand.
Great art, great story. Eva and her brother used their brains to solve the problem. Elementary kids will come away impressed by the children's story of competition and collaboration.
Calling All Entrepreneurs! Eva demonstrates the cycle of experimenting, testing, and revising until perfection is attained. This captivating character faces challenges that might defeat someone less persistent. And what a mutually supportive relationship with her little brother. This is a delightful, multicultural story with a triumphant ending that will encourage young readers to not only follow a dream, but to stick with it through the tough times until success is achieved. Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks for the electronic ARC.
Cooler than Lemonade, by Harshita Jerath, is a tasty treat for readers' imaginations. In the face of lemonade stand competition, Eva buts her imagination to work to win more business. Her persistence pays off, at least for awhile...
The illustrations add to the cool factor of this story. And I enjoyed all the fun fonts. Cooler than Lemonade is a sweet story that can easily be used in early elementary science classrooms, too.
A great book about not giving up and thinking outside the box, Cooler than Lemonade was a great book to read with my two children. The illustrations were bright and engaging. The vocabulary in this book to describe how she thinks and dreams was beautifully done. We also loved the authors word at the end of the story!
Thank you Sourcebooks Kids and NetGalley for the advanced electronic review copy of this great book. This story is both entertaining and educational and encourages persistence, resilience, and thinking outside the box (or the pitcher). Lovely illustrations and great usage of various fonts to emphasize certain words. I really liked that there’s a recipe to try at the end of the book. Overall — a wonderful read.
Love this story! Shows that you don’t have to compete everyone has something unique to offer. Lets cheer each other on.
I love the diversity, the message at the end, the recipe at the end (GENIUS). And I love her so, so much. What a special, sweet girl and I adore her brain and can-do attitude! Yes please!
I received an electronic ARC from SOURCEBOOKS Kids through NetGalley.
Eva is an inventor who knows to think through and test her ideas at all stages of the process. One hot summer day, she decides to open a lemonade stand with her younger brother. All goes well until her neighbor opens his own stand across the street. Readers see how retail competition happens as each thinks about and changes their stands to be better than the other. Finally, Eva concedes and closes her stand. Her little brother asks her to make kulfi and she takes this idea and creates a new business. Readers then learn about partnership as the two businesses join together.
Written so elementary level readers can follow how business works and see how to think through steps in a process. The illustrations capture the energy.
Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Jabberwocky for a free digital copy.
A book to inspire young entrepreneurs! It's about business, creativity, problem solving, partnership, and finding your own special niche and brand. But all written in a fun story that kids can relate to.
This was absolutely fantastic. I loved that they were in this one-up situation over and over again until she finally realized she didn't have to be! She could be herself, they could both be in business, and they didn't have to be in competition! I loved that it taught kids just to be themselves. I really liked that. Though, if I happened upon a lemonade stand that had security and was basically a circus, I would most certainly be intrigued!
And I LOVE when there's a recipe in the back! It makes it so exciting for kids.
This is a great book! Illustrations are great and the story is so sweet. It encourages children to problem solve and over come when feeling defeated. I love that her parents are seen observing but not jumping in to fix the problem. Also, love a strong female character for kids to see!
Fun story of a girl her persevered when she was truly herself. I like that she was able to rise to challenges with a positive outlook. The phrasing and outline gets a bit repetitive as some children’s books do, but it’s enjoyable for the kids.
LOVE LOVE LOVE.
I love the creativity Eva has, the way she pivots and twists and turns. I LOVE the ending partnership. I love the recipe and info pages about Kulfi. I can already see myself using this over and over for Storytime. Just a fun fun story.
Quite a pleasant little drama for pleasant little people, showing an industrious girl and her lemonade stand. She's doing fine until a rival opens shop over the road, and so has to rethink, and offer more, and so the stall wars escalate until – well, it seems she has nothing more to offer. Lively art and colours brighten the page, and while the plot of the narrative is such an obvious one, the ending might not be exactly obvious – the book presenting a simple escalating storyline and getting away with it perfectly well, then. A strong four stars.