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Jul 13 2018

Peg + Cat : The lemonade problem by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson

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Candlewick Entertainment, 2018. ISBN 9781536200614
(Age: 3-6) Themes: Problem Solving, STEM, Mathematics, Cats. Lemonade stands outside one's house is harking back to a time when neighbours knew each other, when they supported their kids' endeavours and there were no worries about drinking from an offered cup.
Still, that aside, the idea that Peg and Cat set up a stall to try and sell drinks of lemonade to the local teens in exchange for marbles, is a step to teaching younger readers about problem solving, negotiation and maths. This picture book version taken from the very popular television series, will please younger readers. It is brightly illustrated, invitingly told, and features numbers and mathematical symbols throughout the text and pictures. Humour underlines the simple story of negotiating your way through a problem, while the illustrations cleverly support the text using laugh out loud situations that children will recognise.
This will appeal to younger readers wanting a simple introduction to the numbers from one to ten.
Fran Knight

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