Ice Cream Summer

Ice Cream Summer9780545731614_p0_v2_s192x300Ice Cream Summer

Peter Sis, Author and illustrator

Scholastic Press, Fiction, May 26, 2015

Suitable for Ages: 4-8

Themes: Ice Cream, Summer, Writing, Counting, Exploring, History

Synopsis: “Dear Grandpa, Thank you for your letter. So far, it’s been a delicious summer. I am very busy. But don’t worry, I am not forgetting about school.”

Synopsis: Joe is eager to join his grandfather on a special trip at the end of the summer, so he shares his “delicious” summer in his letter. He reassures his grandfather that he is staying current with his studies during his vacation. He is reading, writing, practicing his math, charting maps and learning history. What he doesn’t tell his grandfather is that he studying his favorite tasty treat, ice cream.

Why I like this book:

The wonderful Peter Sis dishes up a yummy story about everything you want to know about ice cream. His whimsical story is a refreshing celebration of children’s favorite frozen treat. Told with minimal text, children will follow Joe on his journey of reading the lists of flavors at a local Ice Cream store, writing and illustrating a book with ice cream artwork, practicing math problems with the addition and subtraction of ice cream scoops, and studying the ancient history and invention of ice cream.

Sis’s lively pastel illustrations are in delightful shapes: waves appear as colorful scoops of ice cream, sand castles resemble ice cream cones, hammocks strung between two cones, and the Statue of Liberty holds a torch filled with ice cream. Children will have a ball studying each exquisitely detailed picture and spying delicious treats. Ice Cream Summer will appeal to a variety of ages. This is a perfect hot-summer read and is best read with a bowl of ice cream.

Resources: What I like about this book is how easily it can be used in the classroom. Ask children to write a story about their favorite flavor and draw a picture. Talk about how the first ice cream was made 2,000 years ago in China with snow, milk, rice and fruit. Chart a map that shows how ice cream began to travel to different cultures worldwide. There’s some great history there. Visit Peter Sis at his website.

Peter Sis is an internationally acclaimed author, illustrator and filmmaker. Ice Cream Summer is a light-hearted and fun book for the author of The Wall, Tibet Through the Red Box, The Tree of Life, Three Golden Keys and Madlenka.

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29 thoughts on “Ice Cream Summer

  1. I am a HUGE fan of Peter Sis. I heard him speak at one of the SCBWI conferences, and he was incredible. Pat, this sounds like a wonderful book and teaching tool. One of my son’s teachers had him write a book about how to make an ice cream Sunday and when the book was done, she brought in all the ingredients for a Sunday. To this day, she’s one of his favorite teachers. Great review, Pat.


    • Lucky you! I would love to hear him speak. This book is so very different than most of his books. But a refreshing treat for kids this summer. Thank you for sharing your son’s story about writing a book about making an ice cream sundae. She’d be my favorite teacher too.

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  2. You had me at ice cream! 😀 And I’ve always like illustrations where there are hidden things that kids can search for. Would have loved it as a kid myself and probably would still like it now!


    • I never heard of snow and Nestle Quick ice cream. That must have been great. We made it too, but with vanilla and fruit. My grandfather worked at Harmony Farms Dairy and oversaw the production of ice cream — so we always had the tasty treat around. My dad and grandfather always made homemade ice cream at least once during the summer.


  3. Nice review! I will definitely let you know when I (self)publish my children’s book about Bert and Bessie. They experience bullying, but end up flying happily in the end. 🙂


  4. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream on a hot summer day. Don’t we? What a cool sounding book, perfect for the hot season. Great review, Pat.


  5. This is a perfect summer read! What kid wouldn’t want to read a book that has the words “ice cream” on it? We are reading Don’t Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don’t Stuff Stuff In Your Ears! by Dr. Jerald Altman. It’s common sense, but also fun that the kids want to read it over and over, is his site for it!


  6. I love Peter Sis and realize he has a special bond with kids and must be child like in his creativity himself. After commenting I will go to his web site and check it out.

    I have reviewed several of his books myself because I like him so much.

    He spoke at our library one year for our one book one community project. The library has a foundation where they are able to give away a book to a family and then discuss it and have the author visit. The year Peter Sis came it was his book, The Wall.’

    He spoke about his life in Prague and I was enthralled. I am a big fan of his. Thanks so much for shariing this book, as well. Another for my ESOL student. 🙂


    • Glad you enjoyed the review. It is a fun summer read — especially for anyone who likes ice cream. Very clever idea for a book. I grew up with an ice cream maker, but it only was used once or twice a season. Understand the issue of taking up space.


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