Summer is here; but the learning continues at My Happy Homeschool. Ice cream is a cool, creamy treat on a hot, humid day here in Texas. Here are a few recommendations to learn through literature about ice cream.
The Scoop on Ice Cream! by Bonnie Williams.
Did you know that immigrants to Ellis Island were served ice cream as part of their first meal in America? Or that George Washington spent more than $200 on ice cream during the summer of 1790? Learn about the history behind ice cream with this fact-filled reader. A special section at the back of the book includes relevant information on subjects like geography and science, and there’s even a fun quiz so you can test yourself to see what you’ve learned.
Of Sugar and Snow: A History of Ice Cream Making by Jeri Quinzio.
Jeri Quinzio traces the confection from its earliest appearance in Europe to the small towns of America. She explains how ice cream is made, describes its social role, and connects historical events to its business and consumption. The book provides an array of recipes, from a seventeenth-century Italian lemon sorbet to a twentieth-century American strawberry mallobet, and traces how this one elite status symbol became today’s popular treat.
Sweet Spot: An Ice Cream Binge Across America by Amy Ettinger.
A journalist channels her ice cream obsession, scouring the United States for the best brands and delving into the surprise history of ice cream and frozen treats in America. From a visit to the one place in the United States that makes real frozen custard, to the vicious competition among small ice cream makers, to extreme flavors, Ettinger encounters larger-than-life characters and uncovers what’s really behind America’s favorite frozen treats!