Ice cream summer

Peter Sís, 1949-

Book - 2015

A little boy writes a letter to his grandfather about all the reading and studying he is doing this summer--but all his activities revolve around ice cream.

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Picture books
New York : Scholastic Press 2015.
First edition
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Main Author
Peter Sís, 1949- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

A young boy answers a letter from his grandfather, detailing his summer studies in anticipation of a "special trip" at summer's end. But somehow everything in the boy's letter is suffused with ice cream! He tells of his math work, and we see him starting with 10 scoops and losing 3. He practices cartography, and we see a map built of flavorful ingredients. He studies world history, and we see the advent of ice cream, traced from China, through Italy, across Europe, and over to America. And all of this endeavor is perfect preparation for the pair's journey to climb Ice Cream Peak. Sís' imaginative interpretations feature bright blocks of imagery with simple, symmetrical composition laid above spare, multicolor text. Watercolor washes in sweet jewel tones illuminate the boy's account, offering lots of surreptitious information among the details. This delectable amalgam of historical record and confectionery celebration is both a delight for the eyes and an inspiration for the tummy. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Sís is that all-too-rare combination: best-selling and award-winning. While we don't know if either of those fates await this one, we do expect demand for Ice Cream this summer. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Sís, whose multilayered The Pilot and the Little Prince and The Tree of Life show a boundless curiosity, turns his research attention to a sweeter subject: ice cream. In this appealing book, watercolored in sherbet hues of raspberry and tangerine, a grandson writes a letter to his grandfather. The boy reports having "a delicious summer," and promises, "I read every day." An illustration reveals his literary inspirations—including "big words like tornado and explosion"—on an ice-cream shop's list of flavors. The boy keeps up with math ("If each scoop costs 50¢ and I have $2.00"), studies cartography by mapping cocoa and pistachio landmarks, and learns about history: his fanciful timeline reveals that Marco Polo introduced China's frozen confection to Italy and that the waffle cone was invented at the 1904 World's Fair. "I always take a break on sundaes," the boy admits. At the conclusion, the grandson and grandfather meet and scale a cone-shaped "Ice Cream Peak." Such a vanilla conclusion could use a cherry on top, but even so, Sís gives summer dreamers the scoop on a cool treat. Ages 4–8. (May) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2—In response to a letter from his Grandpa, Joe is happy to convince his grandfather that he deserves a special trip planned for later in the summer. He is definitely not forgetting about his schoolwork. Joe is reading, writing a book, solving word problems, studying history, and even learning cartography. What he doesn't mention is that he is learning all of this through his fascination with ice cream. Joe eats it and draws it, builds it and dreams it, and even knows the ins and outs of how it came to be. When Joe finds out where they are going on their special trip, it is the cherry on top of a fantastic summer. This book is fabulous for teachers introducing a unit on letter writing or research skills. The facts about how ice cream was invented are interesting and presented in a cartoonlike manner that children will find entertaining. Sís's illustrations are done in a beautiful rainbow of watercolor, making readers feel the warmth of summer and the cool delight associated with this delicious treat. Children will love finding all of the ways that ice cream is incorporated into each picture. VERDICT A great choice as a tool for teaching or simply as an enjoyable read.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE [Page 92]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A little boy writes to his grandfather about how he is staying busy and keeping his skills current during a breezy summer marked by their family's ice-cream preferences. By the award-winning author of The Wall.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A little boy writes a letter to his grandfather about all the reading and studying he is doing this summer--but all his activities revolve around ice cream.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

*"Sís delivers an encomium to summer, to the power of learning, and to that beloved, creamy-cold treat." --Kirkus, starred reviewSavor summer anytime with this breezy, sweet and irresistible picture book from Hans Christian Anderson Award winner and three-time Caldecott Honoree Peter Sís!Dear Grandpa,Summer is going well. I am very busy. But don't worry, I am not forgetting about school! I read every day. I practice my math facts. And I am even studying world history!Peter Sís's delicious tongue-in-cheek vision of summer dishes up the whole scoop on everyone's favorite frozen treat, and proves that ice cream is every bit as enriching for the mind as it is for the taste buds. Readers everywhere will be begging for seconds and thirds!