FICTION

When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree

Sterling. Mar. 2019. 32p. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781454923817.
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PreS-Gr 1–It is a girl’s birthday and her grandma gives her a unique present she is not expecting, a lemon tree! Though disappointed, it is from Grandma, and courteous behavior dictates that she show gratitude and think of a good way to use this gift. The situation is special as a tree needs care and protection, but at the end of the endeavor, this lemon tree will pay forward. The white, black, and yellow font accompanies the second person narrative as it develops the story of the girl and her relationship with the tree. The narrative is fresh and moves effortlessly. However, the plot becomes predictable with an outcome that lacks an element of surprise. The perceptive illustrations will attract readers with expressive and always smiling non-speaking characters that stand out in the story as they witness the plot unfolding. Moreover, the artist uses yellow as a unifying element that interacts with a soft palette of colors that brightens the reading experience.
VERDICT With a pinch of humor and lighthearted prose, Deeniham delivers her first picture book. It can be used to motivate readers to appreciate the gifts of Mother Nature and is ideal for the public library and elementary classrooms

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