Vanilla Ice Cream

By: Bob Graham

A sparrow travels south from India and arrives in a vast city. There, its chance encounter with little Edie Irvine introduces the girl to a delicious treat. Full-color illustrations done in ink and watercolor.

ISBN: 9780763673772

JLG Release: Nov 2014


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Sparrows , India , Food sources , Traveling by ship , Cities , Grandparents , Vanilla ice cream , Moments in time , Coincidences , Cause and effect

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Awards & Honors

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014, Picture Books

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Book List, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly

Horn Book

What is the relationship between the first setting of this book, a samosa-stand truck stop somewhere in India, and the last, an outdoor café somewhere in Australia? What is the link between young Annisha and Suhani, playing hopscotch in the dust, and baby Edie Irvine, buckled into her stroller? The answer is: one small sparrow. The bird, who & What is the relationship between the first setting of this book, a samosa-stand truck stop somewhere in India, and the last, an outdoor café somewhere in Australia? What is the link between young Annisha and Suhani, playing hopscotch in the dust, and baby Edie Irvine, buckled into her stroller? The answer is: one small sparrow. The bird, who “follows the food,” hitches a ride on a truck carrying rice and then on a freighter traveling south. He ends up on the edge of a café table. A dog jumps up. A leash goes taut. A granddad’s ice-cream cone goes flying into baby Edie’s lap, and her “life changes forever” as she gets her first taste of vanilla ice cream. Just so are all our lives expanded by strings of random events. This is a quieter book than some of Graham’s other titles, but his signature theme, that of connection, remains vibrant and joyous, and we are treated again to his particular loving portraits of people of all shapes, sorts, and conditions. What makes the whole world one? A shared love of snacking (and that distinctive Graham nose). sarah ellis

Junior Library Guild

  • A spirited rumination on travel, adventure, interconnectedness, and the magic of small moments.
  • As always, Bob Graham’s illustrations are a pleasure to behold. He is equally effective at portraying cityscapes and small, everyday details such as a bird pecking at crumbs at a café table and a grandfather tickling his gr
    • A spirited rumination on travel, adventure, interconnectedness, and the magic of small moments.
    • As always, Bob Graham’s illustrations are a pleasure to behold. He is equally effective at portraying cityscapes and small, everyday details such as a bird pecking at crumbs at a café table and a grandfather tickling his granddaughter.
    • The spare prose lets the artwork carry the story, and gives the book a cinematic quality. Its clean layout—with some art appearing in panels, and white space on many of the pages—puts the emphasis on the characters’ movements across each spread and their fleeting, but meaningful, interactions.
    • Edie’s accidental introduction to vanilla ice cream works as an age-appropriate introduction to the butterfly effect, and may inspire kids to think about how seemingly random events are connected.

Book Details

ISBN

9780763673772

First Release

November 2014

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Fic

Trim Size

8 1/8" x 11 13/16"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 460L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Sparrows, India, Food sources, Traveling by ship, Cities, Grandparents, Vanilla ice cream, Moments in time, Coincidences, Cause and effect,

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