From Milk to Ice Cream


Provides an introduction to the basic concepts of food production, distribution, and consumption by tracing the production of ice cream from milk.

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Provides an introduction to the basic concepts of food production, distribution, and consumption by tracing the production of ice cream from milk.

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Children's Literature
A "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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736826358
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: From Farm to Table Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 657,239
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristin Thoennes Keller has written more than 25 nonfiction books for children. She also enjoys writing short stories and essays for adults. Kristin likes cooking, swimming, reading, running, and spending time with her family. Kristin lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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