Ice Cream

Ice Cream

by Elisha Cooper

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What some call a process, this observant author-artist calls pure poetry. And readers of all ages will, too, when they read and see (and almost taste!) Ice Cream—a picture book about how ice cream is made. It begins with the cow…and it takes farmers and milking machines, scientists and recipes, mixing thanks and giant freezers, even special ice cream…  See more details below


What some call a process, this observant author-artist calls pure poetry. And readers of all ages will, too, when they read and see (and almost taste!) Ice Cream—a picture book about how ice cream is made. It begins with the cow…and it takes farmers and milking machines, scientists and recipes, mixing thanks and giant freezers, even special ice cream tasters. But it all comes together in a symphony of sweetness…and don't forget the satisfied stomachs! Hooray for Elisha Cooper—and long may he wonder about, and observe and sketch, the world around us. Also includes a glossary of terms.
About the Author: Elisha Cooper, author-artist of several picture books, lives in Berkeley, CA.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Cooper's (Ballpark; Dance!) deliciously diverting book tackles a subject of intrinsic appeal to kids. The author gives the scoop on ice-cream making and anticipates all of their questions, answering them with, well, good humor and with many specifics that may surprise even the most ardent aficionados. Those who scream for ice cream may be astounded by the array of machines involved, from the milking machine in the barn, to the apparatus in the milk co-op that condenses the milk, to the ice-cream factory's numerous contraptions, including one that shapes flat pieces of cardboard into rounded containers of various sizes. Cooper's description of an enormous ice-cream mixing machine with multiple tanks exhibits a flair for language that appeals to multiple senses: "It is a steel, piston-pumping, cream-dripping, gadget-whirring, water-spraying, pipe-rattling, chocolate-leaking animal." Similarly, readers can hear the sounds in the barn at milking time: "The fump, fump of the suction cups; the chug, chug, chug of milk spurting through plastic tubes." Cooper's small-scale art precisely follows each step of the process as type sashays across the spreads in inventive configurations, and panoramic views show the delivery truck transporting this divine bovine product through town and country. Ages 4-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Ever wonder how ice cream gets from "moo to you?" Elisha Cooper did. So he went and found out, and this book is the result. Readers will be amazed as to the extensive process milk goes through to become the delectable treat we all know and love as ice cream. I certainly underestimated the process. From the farm where the cow lives, to the farmer that expresses her milk, to the long road the milk then travels from the milk co-op to the ice creamery, it is quite a process. Not only is the milk made into ice cream, it is also, as you would assume, made into table milk, cream and condensed milk. It then gets loaded into the appropriate truck. All three types of milk go into the making of ice cream. Once the milk makes it to the ice creamery, other trucks arrive loaded with toppings, containers, and other ingredients needed to pull it all together. Once the pre-printed cartons are rolled and folded, and after the ice cream is processed through the ice cream machine, these two shall meet. But not before the computer program tells the machine to dump in the various milks, creams, sugars, vanilla or chocolate. Then the whole concoction is frozen into ice cream before it gets dumped into the hopper where all the goodies are added¾chocolate chunks, marshmallows, you name it. This is where ice cream and container finally join and are shipped out to grocery stores for ice cream lovers everywhere to enjoy. Older children will enjoy learning how this process works, however, youngsters will find it hard to stay attentive as the cute, abstract illustrations are not enough to fully engage their constantly busy little minds. 2002, Greenwillow Books,
— Emily Cook
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A step-by-step description of how ice cream is made, beginning with cows eating grass in a field and ending with the ice-cream carton in the hand of a delivery-truck driver who has walked out to a field to watch the cows graze. Cooper includes the sound effects of the suction cups of the milking machine ("Fump, fump") and the sound of milk spurting through plastic tubes ("Chug, chug, CHUG") while detailing the process of making the tasty dessert. His sense of humor finds its way into the pages of text-"Workers wearing aprons, hard hats, hair nets, and beard nets take care of the machine." Watercolor-and-pencil sketches fill the spreads and white space is used to maximum advantage. The text often weaves up and down and round the pages. On one page, it is laid out in a circle, illustrating the mixing of ice-cream ingredients. This book is an excellent vocabulary enhancer (glossary included) and after finishing it, readers will be tempted to dish out a few scoops.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Cooper is a master at transforming dabs and wiggles of paint into people at play (Ballpark, 1998) or architecture (Building, 1999) or vistas (Country Fair, 1997). Starting with cows—a lot of cows—he tells the tale of ice cream as it happens, from the milking, to the processing, to the blending and tasting. Children (and adults, probably) will be fascinated by the scientists concocting recipes, the taster with the gold spoon whose tongue is insured, and the final journey back to the farm for the farmer's delivery of ice cream. There's also a last glimpse of all those cows: "The driver gets out and gives a few cartons to the farmer. The farmer thanks him, then walks out to the field, and eats ice cream with his cows. Well, he lets them watch." The text slithers through the conveyor belts and around the machinery, emphasizing a particular worker or process. Nearly invisible labels point out important and silly features for hide-and-seek game playing: "crows," "olive grove," "hole in the wall." A chocolate, vanilla, and berry palette adds to the taste appeal. (glossary) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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10.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.25(d)
640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 Years

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Meet the Author

Elisha Cooper is the author of several award-winning books, including Dance! and Ice Cream. The New York TimesBook Review said of Magic Thinks Big, "Elisha Cooper's watercolors, like his sentences, are simple and quiet and essentially perfect." The author lives with his family in Chicago, Illinois.

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