Mr. Riley offers a unique and engaging perspective for students. We watched our students become captivated and inspired by Mr. Riley’s stories and the reflective questions they produced. Mr. Riley brings an authentic, real world, and introspective approach to learning that has impacted our students beyond the time frame he directly worked with them.
Papa Lemon’s Little Wanderers have once again stumbled into the chance to turn a school assignment into a life lesson. After competing in their fifth grade championship baseball game they reminisce with Papa Lemon and Mama Sarah about the great Babe Didrikson. Well at least Nikki does. The rest of the crew are not quite sure who this Babe is. So with the help of Papa Lemon and Mama Sarah’s encouragement they hop on the train and head back in time. Twice! With this installment of the Papa Lem… Read more
The Adventures of Papa Lemon’s Little Wanderers Book 5: The California Gold Rush” is a history lesson via time travel for the Little Wanderers, an adventurous multicultural band of time explorers who have the wonderful guidance of the neighborhood grandparents, Papa Lemon and Mama Sarah. For this adventure, the time dial is set for 1848 and the California Gold Rush, but somehow the group overshoots their date with destiny and lands in 1851. What will happen? Clearly illustrated portraits show th… Read more
What a fun and up beat book for the young and old alike. I sure enjoyed it and I am looking forward to the next adventures in book 2
My daughter had the opportunity to meet Mr Riley, and she loves the books, she is reading #2 she just finished #1, great reading for 3rd graders.
Papa Lemon reminds us of the power of our imaginations to engage us personally. The Magic Train becomes our vehicle into the lives and experiences of those who have come before us. Now that I have traveled with the Little Wanderers in to 1963 America, I am anxious to go on another journey. I recommend your series for schools, and other organizations and community programs, and Papa Lemon as a storyteller, not just for the Little Wanderers, but for all our children.
My 8 year old son thought this book was great. “It just pulls you in the first few pages, and keeps going from there”. I don’t think he knew much about Babe Didrikson before this book, but he has a great appreciation of her after reading it. At 47 pages, it’s a quick, easy read with bright, colorful illustrations. We’ll have to read the previous books now…
I love how the books tell a reality based story in such an engaging, child-friendly way. I know that parents and caregivers are always looking for ‘teachable moments’ and these books fill that need. In addition, these books are on-trend with today’s parents who are looking to place more emphasis on tradition and learning.
It was great for our sixth graders to see a real author. He was very candid about what it’s been like for him to develop his books over the last few years. Thanks for setting this up!
I recommend the Papa Lemon books to all kids, parents and grandparents. Join Papa Lemon on his Magic Train and travel back in time on a joyous journey making family, culture and history come alive. The author, Lehman Riley, has created books which grandparents, parents and kids should all read and enjoy together.