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ICE CREAM by Gail Gibbons


The Full Scoop

by Gail Gibbons & illustrated by Gail Gibbons

Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: June 15th, 2006
ISBN: 0-8234-2000-0
Publisher: Holiday House

At long last, the prolific Gibbons weighs in with a characteristic treatment of this ever-popular topic. She opens with the supposed invention of iced milk 3,000 years ago and closes by warning readers not to eat too much of the stuff (the nearest thing to any cautionary or nutritional information here). In between, she takes a visiting class from dairy farm to modern factory, with side jaunts to hand-cranked ice cream, an ice cream social and the invention of the cone. The prose is, as always, relentlessly matter-of-fact, the cartoon illustrations both colorful and easy to follow. Though even smaller libraries will be able to dish up similar titles by others, Gibbons’s fan base will guarantee this one’s popularity. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)