Written by: Adi Zelichov-Relevy
Illustrated by: Aviel Basil
The children in Lemonade take initiative followed by action, and subsequently prosper: their lemonade stand is more successful than they had ever imagined! But is a thriving lemonade stand enough to make them happy? Can success replace the taste of a simple joy derived by making a glass of lemonade with grandma in her garden?
The author of Psalms describes a hardworking person who prospers:
You will eat the fruit of your labor;
blessings and prosperity will be yours [Psalms, 128:2]
Living off of honest, hard work joyously makes a person happy and content. In a world of self-fulfillment, where initiative and activism are encouraged, blessings and prosperity can come from hard work or a refreshing glass of lemonade, from watching the skies, resting and healing, at any age and time.
Reading together, experiencing together
Discussing – Doing things on my own
"He who sowed sorrowfully, now reaps joyously" – the children in this book enjoy working hard and being independent. Do you, children and parents, enjoy working and creating yourselves? What kind of work do you enjoy doing together with friends or family members, such as your grandparents? And what do you enjoy doing all on your own?
You may want to think together about the kind of work that you find hard, but also rewarding.
There are simple, everyday pleasures like drinking lemonade together, smelling a fragrant flower, or listening to a story. You may enjoy making a family collection of pleasures together: draw moments of joy on notes, and post them up in a central area of your house. You could "pick" a note each day, plucking it off the wall, and taking a moment to share some simple joy together.
Playing a fragrant game
This book mentions many scents – lemons, herbs, and roses – that may inspire you to play the following aroma quiz: pick some fragrant items (soap, a vanilla bean, mint leaves, orange zest, etc.) and start playing. Take turns closing your eyes, smelling one of the items given to you, and trying to guess what it is. Can you guess by using your sense of smell alone? You could allow participants to use their sense of touch too. When the game is over, you could place the fragrant items in a small basket, and smell them in moments of simple pleasure.
You may want to take a walk near your home to look for fruit trees, flowers, or herbs. You could try growing some herbs in your garden or a planter – mint, tree wormwood, sage, or lemongrass. This could be the perfect opportunity to give your child a job – being responsible for watering the plants – so that when the time comes, they will be able to pick them joyously, and use them with pleasure!
Suggestions for a herb garden can be found on the book's webpage and on the PJLibrary Pinterest page.
– suggestions for game cards and arts & crafts can be found on the PJLibrary Pinterest page.