The Lemonade War
Jessie is amazing at math, but not so great at reading people. Evan has lots of friends, but math is a struggle. When the letter arrives, saying that Jessie will be in Evan's fourth grade class this fall, instead of in third grade, Evan is less than thrilled about the idea. A regular sibling squabble escalates into an all-out war--who can make the most money selling lemonade in a week? Jessie knows she can out-do her brother. And there's no way Evan is going to let his little sister show him up.
There are several more books featuring these characters, including:
The Lemonade Crime
The Bell Bandit
The Candy Smash
The Magic Trap
This is a highly enjoyable book, with an engaging plot and characters. There are two completely separate bonuses that make fantastic teaching opportunities: first, each chapter is titled after a business concept that relates to the story, such "negotiation," or "joint venture." This would be an excellent companion book to a business simulation theme unit, or a study of elementary economics. Second, this book is an excellent option for students who struggle to interact with others, as well as students who worry about competing academically with high-performing siblings. Chapters alternate between Jessie's perspective and Evan's point of view.
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