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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

The Sweetest Scoop by Lisa Robinson

The Sweetest Scoop: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Revolution                                                                                  Words by Lisa Robinson; Pictures by Stacy Innerst
Abrams Books for Young Readers. 2022

What better title to review to celebrate the beginning of summer than a book about Ice Cream! And, not just any ice cream either. Robinson has crafted a mouth-watering narrative of the legendary Ben & Jerry, those hardworking, groovy guys who, together, created some of the best tasting, wackiest named flavors. 

Heather Kelly's illustrations, rendered in watercolor, ink and Photoshop, are playful. Just like the ice cream, the full page pictures are colorful and lend a sense of movement. 

Robinson emphasizes the partner's social activism and their goal of using locally sourced ingredients to make their ice cream, and their interest in making sure their packaging was environmentally friendly.  

An author's note gives a bit more depth on Ben & Jerry's commitment to social and environmental justice.  I was surprised to learn they sold their company in 2000 to Unilever, a multinational food corporation. 

Also included in a timeline and source notes.

The perfect book to curl up with on a hot summer day. Just before heading to the ice cream shop!


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