Monday, July 13, 2009

Non-Fiction Monday: National Ice Cream Month

First designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, July 1-31 celebrates ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90 percent of the nation's population.
The Teacher's Calendar, 2008-2009
There are loads of ice cream related children's books on the market... today after reading more than a dozen, I've settled on these three non-fiction titles (after all, it is Non-Fiction Monday!) to share with you. If you're looking for more titles, fiction or non-fiction, drop a comment or an email my way and I'll gladly give you my list!

Greenstein, Elaine.
Ice-Cream Cones for Sale!
Scholastic, Inc.
Guided Reading Level: M

Summary from Barnes & Noble:

Who invented the ice cream cone? Ernst Hamwi, a wafflemaker at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, claimed it was his idea. But Arnold Fornachou said his cones inspired Ernst's! David Avayou reported that he brought the cone back from Paris. And Charles Menches announced that his sweetheart created the dessert. Only one man holds the patent for the first cone-making machine, though, and his claims top them all...In this picture book, Elaine Greenstein shows young readers that history is made by ordinary dreamers -- and it can be just as cool and delicious as a fresh cold ice cream cone.

This is a non-fiction book that's sure to appeal to children - as 99% of kids love ice cream! Greenstein walks readers through the patenting of the ice cream cone and the search for who the credit belongs to. A wealth of information is provided for readers... I enjoyed it because it's a summery treat we love eating and it's interesting to find out where the idea of ice cream cones came from!

Cooper, Elisha.
Ice Cream.
HarperCollins Publishers.
Guided Reading Level: N

Summary from Barnes & Noble:

What some call a process, this observant author-artist calls pure poetry. And readers of all ages will, too, when they read and see (and almost taste!) Ice Cream—a picture book about how ice cream is made. It begins with the cow…and it takes farmers and milking machines, scientists and recipes, mixing thanks and giant freezers, even special ice cream tasters. But it all comes together in a symphony of sweetness…and don't forget the satisfied stomachs! Hooray for Elisha Cooper—and long may he wonder about, and observe and sketch, the world around us. Also includes a glossary of terms.

This book really walks readers step-by-step through the making of ice cream... from cow to ice cream delivery. I like how informative the book is, but I think it would be best used with older elementary children, perhaps ages 9+ because of the length and detail involved. Definitely worth sharing in the summertime when children are showing an interest in ice cream. I think this would be a good book to share after making homemade ice cream with children to show them how different the two processes are!

Gibbons, Gail.
Ice Cream: The Full Scoop.
Holiday House.

Summary from Barnes & Noble:

Everybody screams for ice cream! And it certainly has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a mere snow, milk, and rice mixture. Gail Gibbons explains the many firsts in ice cream history, from the first ice cream crank to the first waffle cone, as well as interesting facts about the tasty dessert, including how ice cream is made and how it gets to your home.

Like Gail Gibbons other works, this book appealed to me because of the variety of ways in which it can be used - for a simple story, read the bigger text at the bottom of the page that flows as a story. For children who are showing more of an interest in the little details that are involved in the making of ice cream, Gibbons has once again added in the details throughout the illustrations. This book provides so much information, it's definitely worth sharing!

If you're interested in finding out more information about any of the books reviewed or if you'd like to purchase the books, click the cover image for a link to