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.
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
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.
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’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
Papa Lemon’s Little Wanderers are in for another exciting and valuable history lesson when Kaya’s uncle Walter comes into town with a truck full of memorabilia. Curious children start asking numerous questions and in this way, they find out about World War II, the soldiers and the women and children who stayed behind. Uncle Walter tells the children more about the Navajo Talkers whose obscure language proved very useful and lifesaving during the war. The highlight of the adventure was a trip… Read more
This book tells a story about real people and how they met Dr. King. A really neat way to learn about history and civil rights. Two of the characters are my mother and father!
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.
I recently purchased this book for my 9-year-old niece. My family was having trouble getting her to practice reading, and I thought she might like to read the story of Dr. Martin Luther King on MLK Day. She sat down and read the entire book without complaining, and when I told her that I was going to get her other Papa Lemon books, she wrote me the following e-mail: I WOOD LOVE TO READ THE PAPA LEMON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE KARLEE So it appears we still need to work on spelling and gram… Read more
I fully support your book series and find it to be a very innovative way to teach children about multi-cultural history while at the same time making it fun. The use of grandparents as positive role models for the children emphasizes the importance of family and community that creates an additional level of depth that truly makes this a unique book and one worth reading.