Why have a lemonade stand when you can have a story stand? That's what Rufus, a boy with a big imagination, decides. Read more...
Why have a lemonade stand when you can have a story stand? That's what Rufus, a boy with a big imagination, decides. And once he's in business, he starts creating little gems for his friends and family. Millie and Walter trade a shell for his story called "Why Orange Is the Best Color." Rufus writes little sister Annie a story for her birthday about a girl who shrinks to the size of a teacup. Sara trades flowers for a story about a family of buttons. And then they all sit down and read the wonderful stories together.
- ISBN-13: 9780385378536
- ISBN-10: 038537853X
- Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
- Publish Date: July 2015
- Page Count: 40
- Reading Level: Ages 5-8
- Dimensions: 10 x 9.1 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-04-27
- Reviewer: Staff
Instead of selling lemonade, Rufus decides to open a “story stand.” He barters his stories for offerings from his friends, a diverse group of colors and sizes. Millie and her brother Walter are going swimming. “I’ll take one story, please. How much?” asks Walter. “Just bring me a special shell from the beach,” Rufus replies, and starts writing. “Red and Yellow got married and had a baby named Orange,” he begins, as the characters are shown as fish swimming among seaweed. Rufus trades a story about a cat for a newborn kitten, then remembers that his sister Annie’s birthday is approaching and writes a tale for her: “Annie could not pour the tea because the teapot and the cups would not stop dancing.” Groenink (Under a Pig Tree) gives the children simple forms and features, and the neighborhood’s trees pleasing, Matisse-like shapes. Bram, in her first children’s book since 1980’s Woodruff and the Clocks, questions the conviction that things only have value if they cost money, holding Rufus up as an unconventional hero whose creations draw his friends into community. Ages 4–8. Illustrator’s agent: Stephen Barr, Writers House. (July)