WHEN GRANDMA GIVES YOU A LEMON TREE, by Jamie L.B. Deenihan, Illustrated by Lorraine Rocha, Sterling Children’s Books


When Grandma gives you a lemon tree, definitely don’t make a face! Care for the tree, and you might be surprised at how new things, and new ideas, bloom.

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” In this imaginative take on that popular saying, a child is surprised (and disappointed) to receive a lemon tree from Grandma for her birthday. After all, she DID ask for a new gadget! But when she follows the narrator’s careful—and funny—instructions, she discovers that the tree might be exactly what she wanted after all. This clever story, complete with a recipe for lemonade, celebrates the pleasures of patience, hard work, nature, community . . . and putting down the electronic devices just for a while.

approx. 32 pages

Out March 5, 2019


I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Another fantastic book with a huge and effective message. In this day and age of technology, getting a lemon tree for a birthday gift from Grandma is quite unexpected. Why did Grandma do this? Well, clever lady that she is wanted to teach her granddaughter what is really important in life. A huge success!

I absolutely loved the sweet illustrations and they perfectly complemented the funny and ideally written story.  This is a book for many ages in the children’s genres since its message is bang on with the times. Fresh air, flowers, and simplicity never hurt anyone!

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