THE SUNDAE SCOOP
by Stuart J. Murphy, illustrated by
Ages 6 and Up
Reposted from Donna O'Donnell Figurski's Blog.
Most kids love ice cream. They love as it drips down their fingers and smears their noses and they love to swirl their tongues around its creamy flavor. So what could be more fun than making ice cream sundaes for the school picnic? In The Sundae Scoop written by Stuart J. Murphy, Emily, Lauren, and James decide to do just that.
They take chocolate and vanilla ice cream, add caramel and hot fudge sauces and two toppings to make a variety of different sundae combinations But when Emily wonders exactly how many combinations they can make, Winnie, the cafeteria lady, pulls out her chalkboard to demonstrate. The use of the chalkboard, as a graphic organizer, makes this difficult math concept easy for youngsters to understand. What a clever technique by Murphy to combine reading fun with math skills.
Cynthia Jabar’s bright, perky illustrations combined with Murphy’s yummy story make this a very inviting book.
(This review was originally published to SmartWriters, which is now defunct.)
FROM the MOUTHS of KIDDLE CRITers: a critique group
(Disclaimer: Names of child reviewers have been changed for privacy.)
“I liked the book because it was using math and numbers,“ said Pritka.
“It was kind of like math,” agreed Annie. “When they were spilling stuff, they were subtracting. And they were always spilling stuff.” she giggled. “I think they were a little clumsy.”
“It would be fun to have something like that at our school,” said Lucy. “Everyone would come.”
Juan’s eyes lit up. “That’s a super duper idea,” he said.
“Yeah, we could make ice cream sundaes . . . just like they did in the book,” said Zach.
Lucy thought for a moment. “But, it would be hard to decide which flavors to have,” she said.
“How about Toenail-Fingernail Twist?” said Zach with an impish grin.
“Ewww.” groaned Meg and bopped him on the head with her paper.
“We could make the largest ice cream sundae ever,” said Annie. “And . . . I want a banana and two cherries on mine.”
“This book is making me hungry,” said Zach.
“Me too,” agreed Keisha.
Then Juan stated it very simply, “I like this book because I like ice cream.
TEACHER TALK - Lessons
LANGUAGE ARTS FUN
Brainstorm a list of ice cream flavor words. Record on chart paper.
Brainstorm a list of ice cream words. Record on chart paper.
Now be inventive. Mix and match the words on the two charts to make some new combinations. For added fun have children work in small groups.
strawberry . . . . swirl
peach . . . . . . . crunch
Go a step farther.
Brainstorm a list of weird words. Record on chart paper.
Now be even more inventive. Mix and match the three charts to make some very unusual combinations.
chocolate . . . . . liver . . . . .dip . . . . chocolate liver dip
strawberry . . . . squirrel . . .swirl . . . strawberry squirrel swirl
banana . . . . . . garbage . . crunch . .banana garbage crunch
orange . . . . . . .mustard . . cluster . .orange mustard cluster
mint . . . . . . . . .pickle . . . .ripple . . .mint pickle ripple
What a delicious way to increase vocabulary.
SUNDAE VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT
Make a set of flash cards using the words in the LANGUAGE ARTS FUN lesson.
Write ice cream words on each card.
Use these cards as flash cards. Children take turns flashing the card to other children who read the word.
This is a great example of kiddles teaching kiddles.
If you like The Sundae Scoop, you may also like the following books.
Ice Cream by Elisha Cooper (find out how ice cream is made)
Wemberly’s Ice Cream Star by Kevin Henkes (for the board book crowd)
For a list of wild ice cream flavors visit these sites:
Goodrich Ice Cream Menu
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream – Our Flavors
Hotlicks Ice Cream Flavors
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