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Children's LiteratureA "First Facts" book in the "From Farm to Table" series, this book appeals to a wide reading audience with fresh information, clear harvest and production processes explanations, and well chosen photographs. From cow to cone, the process of making ice cream is explained beginning with a mechanical milker on a large dairy farm. Text details the making of the mix, heating to kill bacteria, the addition of flavors and other items, although a very unappetizing picture of some shiny dark gunk at a Ben & Jerry's is not identified which would have been appropriate. Oreos, perhaps? Blackberries? Or is someone cleaning out the machines? A complicated machine is shown molding ice ream and adding some sort of topping but the text only mentions the molds. The text ends with a picture of ice cream in a grocery store but only two local brands are shown; a fact that George Washington spent nearly $200 on ice cream one summer; and a recipe for making ice cream in a bag without having to use a crank freezer is included. There is also a glossary, index, and a hosted website. Supplement this with Elaine Greenstein's Ice Cream Cones for Sale (HarperCollins, 2003), a great companion as it details the invention of the ice cream cone in 1904 that this text began with. 2005, Capstone Press, Ages 7 to 10.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.