In ice cream colors, Sís delivers an encomium to summer, to the power of learning, and to that beloved, creamy-cold treat.
A little boy, his red baseball cap on backward as is proper, gets a letter from his grandpa and writes back telling him all the things he is doing for the summer. He is learning new words and creating his own book. He is making maps and researching history. He is even practicing equations. The pictures, however, expand the story in most delicious ways. He is learning new words from the ice cream stand: “mango explosion” and “cherry tornado”! Maps include features named “blueberry hill” and “ice land.” History includes Marco Polo bringing recipes from China to Italy and President James Madison serving ice cream (with strawberries from Dolley Madison’s garden). In every one of the exquisitely detailed images, ice cream appears in many guises: waves on the beach are scoop-shaped, and sandcastles have cone turrets; the bases on a ball field are ice cream sandwiches; even Lady Liberty holds a cone aloft in place of her torch. The type—usually just one sentence—is in a different flavor on each page, and the endpapers are a blue sea of cones and ice cream bars.
Oh, yum. (author’s note, further reading) (Picture book. 4-10)