The Lemonade Stand Book Review (And an iPad Mini #Giveaway)

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For those of you who don’t know about Shannon Ryan, I’d highly suggest becoming familiar with her.  Especially if you have kids.  Shannon’s a certified financial planner that writes financial education books for kids.  She also has books for their parents, who want to teach those kiddos to use money responsibly.  You can check them all out on her website, The Heavy Purse.

Her latest, brand-new book is “The Lemonade Stand.”  And I’m lucky to have been offered a free copy to review it.  (All opinions are my own, or those of my children, free or not.)

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My kids love books.  So when this came in the mail they were super excited.  They loved following the main characters as they lusted after items such as model airplanes, toy balls, and drum sets.  They sympathized with them as their mother told them, “No, we’re only here for xyz.” (My paraphrase.)  They liked the idea of building their own lemonade stand to make money, especially when we got to their favorite page:

counting coins

Because who doesn’t love counting out their hard-earned cash?

Then, after they earn the money, Shannon does something amazing:  she has the child-characters decide how they’re going to spend and save their own money.  Some of the children are generous with their earnings, and some are a little bit near-sighted.  But this method is one that I whole-heartedly support, in a book or in real life.  Educating your children and then letting them make their own decisions.

Overall review?  Awesome.  I’d suggest that your child be at least four years old to have the attention-span necessary to follow the story and grasp the concepts.

Wait, didn’t you say something about an iPad Mini?

Yes, I did!  To celebrate the book’s launch, The Heavy Purse is giving one away.  And Femme Frugality readers can enter below!  Make sure to use the rafflecopter to secure your entries!

13 thoughts on “The Lemonade Stand Book Review (And an iPad Mini #Giveaway)

  1. Shannon Ryan (@TheHeavyPurse)

    Thank you so much for your wonderful review. I’m thrilled that your kids loved the book. And you know – my kids loved the money page too. 🙂 Sharing is such an important value and trait but I don’t believe it can be forced. You just make the child resentful. Taylor actually went through the same stage when we started her save, spend and share goals too. But after she saw how much her big sister loved sharing, she decided to try it too and now she’s hooked. I asked my godson, Christopher, if he was okay with me having him pout and decide not to share in the book and he told me “well, that’s what happened.” LOL! Fortunately, Christopher has come around to sharing being okay. Thank you again for your support! I truly appreciate it.

    1. femmefrugality

      I 100% agree with you. That’s why I loved that part…it was so real and relatable for kids. Christopher’s response is too funny! Thanks to him for allowing his story to be told, and thanks to you for telling it!

  2. Lauren S.

    I still remember, as a kid, saving up coins in little animal-shaped booklets with sleeves for the coins that the bank gave out. I loved saving up coins and earning an allowance by helping to clean the house!

  3. Jessica

    My parents taught me to save money by showing me that we can have what we want by working hard and saving it, instead of just spending an entire paycheck in one day.

  4. Natalie Brown

    Hello! As my son was growing up, I taught him about money by having a savings account that he would put a small amount of money in monthly. Also, when he would receive money as gifts, we would talk about how to spend it to get the most out of it. He would help me cut coupons and plan for the grocery store too. In turn, he learned how to stay within a budget and be thrifty. He still does these things today and he’s grown, married, and has his own son. 🙂

  5. Catherine

    We talk A LOT about the importance of saving. I teach my children about impulse purchases and how those can eat up the money that they could save for important things that they need or REALLY want. We focus a lot on “real life” situations with money and also let our kids listen to us when we make financial decisions.

  6. Amanda

    We are just starting to share more money lessons with DD8 and DS5 and it’s hard! Today, I was trying to explain why someone would want to borrow money from a bank and why a bank would want to lend money to someone. DD8 decided she would save her money to buy a house with cash instead of pay a little bit more to the bank to get the house sooner. DS5 said he would rather borrow even more money since he would just have to pay them a little more extra.

  7. Jasmine P

    My grandparents always taught me to put a little bit of money away every so often, so it adds up over time.


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