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. Volume XVIII Number 21. . . .February 3, 2012
Because it's the perfect day for a picnic, the Lemonman calls up Professor Celery and Miss Strawberry to invite them to a day out. With his basket filled to the rim, the Lemonman sets off to meet his friends. However, on his way to Cherry Blossom Park, the Lemonman encounters Mr. Cunningham C. Toad. The Lemonman soon realizes that Mr. Toad was nothing more than a crook who hoodwinked him into giving away his basket of goodies.
Natasha Ferrill's The Lemonman: A Picnic, A Toad and Swampwater Road is the first story in "The Lemonman" picture book series. Ferrill's rhyming couplets have a singsong quality that will instantly capture the attention of young readers. She cleverly identifies the instigator of the story, Mr. Cunningham C. Toad, by making him a toad and not a fruit or vegetable like the residents of Applenook. While some may see her use of advanced words as a launching pad for expanding the vocabulary of young readers, others may see it as a hindrance. The Lemonman: A Picnic, A Toad and Swampwater Road is a playful tale that both children and parents will enjoy.
Inderjit Deogun is currently pursuing a career in publishing with a particular interest in children's literature.
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