The Joy

August 19, 2013

How To Read a Book to Children

lemonade party; reason (among many) that I love Five in a Row, is because it teaches you how to read a book to children.

And, it gives you some great options on some old literature that you might have missed in your growing up years.

Like Lentil.

It’s an old book. So old that your library might have sold it at a used book sale–a couple decades ago.

The author, Robert McCloskey won Caldecott awards for some other books like, Make Way for Ducklings and Blueberries for Sal and he was declared a living legend by the Library of Congress.

But back to Lentil. After we read the book, we got interested in lemons, and wondered if you could pucker enough to whistle after eating a lemon.

So, we had to try. And then that made us want to experiment with lemons and make some lemonade. And then we thought we’d throw a lemonade party.

So we invited some friends, and bought some lemons (doing the math to see where the best price was for dozens of lemons).

And at the party we did a taste test with pink lemonade and yellow lemonade. And we talked about ratios and determined the best ratio for sugar to water to lemon juice. And we did a contest to see if you could whistle after sucking on a lemon, and for fun we tested to see if the children could whistle with crackers in their mouth.

All because we’d read Five in a Row, and realized that a book was much more than a story, it was an adventure!

When life gives you lemons, have a lemonade party!



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About the Author

Shari Popejoy, wife of twenty-eight years, mother of three, founder of a local co-op for hundreds of homeschool children, author of seven books, and creator of Won Without Words (a blog of encouragement for wives) lives in the quiet country of the Ozarks where she enjoys writing surrounded by nature (and her children, of course). She is currently completing Volume V of the Livingstone Library, an adventure series for 'smart' kids, which features characters with character, and underlying allegorical spiritual truths. She enjoys high places and the road less traveled, and moments when all is well, and peace permeates like a fragrance. . .oh, and chocolate, fresh fruit and veggies, and early morning sunrises. Read her blog at

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