Review: Ice Cream Summer

Posted on June 29, 2015

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ice cream coverIce Cream Summer
By Peter Sís
Scholastic Press
May 2015
40 pages

In a letter, Joe’s grandpa asks him what he learned this summer and promises a special trip. In the book’s narrative, Joe describes his busy summer filled with expanding his vocabulary and learning word problems, cartography, and world history. He’s even writing a book and dreaming up a new invention. However the dazzling watercolor illustrations paint a slightly different picture. Joe is obsessed with ice cream. He expands his vocabulary as he discovers new ice cream flavors. He tackles word problems about how much each ice cream scoop costs as he piles them on top of each other. He even creates a map of ice cream flavors. He also learns about the migration of his favorite frozen treat from China to Italy, then Europe and the United States. To top off his delicious summer, Joe’s grandpa (who is obviously privy to his grandson’s ruse) takes him for a climb up Ice Cream Peak. Sís serves up history with humor in pastel cartoons for yummy summer reading that’s almost good enough to eat. Ice Cream Summer is best enjoyed with a scoop of your favorite flavor in a waffle cone.

Copyright (c) 2015 by Peggy Tibbetts

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