Text by Angela Henderson
Illustrations by Rachael Koppendrayer
Isaac loves the sugar maple in his yard, and he can’t help but feel bad for it when its branches are winter-bare. He decides to give it a gift…and is surprised when the tree returns the favor in the new morning snow, presenting him with balls of…ice cream!
But how long can this magic last with spring on the horizon?
A magical exploration through the colors of the rainbow, the days of the week, and some of our favorite fruits that is sure to delight.
Angela Henderson has written a cute story. Isaac’s Ice Cream Tree is about a young boy who loves the maple tree that grows in his yard. Once the leaves have fallen, the boy visits the tree and brings it treats (fruit). Each day when he returns, the treat has been turned into ice cream. I can see young children loving this story and wanting to try getting a tree in their yard to turn fruit into ice cream.
The illustrations by Rachael Koppendrayer complement the text well, giving non-readers visuals for the story. The text is simple – I can see non-readers being able to “read” the book on their own just using the illustrations after having the book read to them a couple of times. The book could also be used to teach the colors of the rainbow, as the colors are distinct and not blended together.
Area of Potential Concern – some audiences may have an issue with the magic of the tree turning fruit to ice cream. If magic is a topic you avoid, you may want to take that into consideration before purchasing the book.
I think the youngest students at my K-12 Christian school would enjoy this book.
I want to thank Celebrate Lit for the complimentary copy of Isaac’s Ice Cream Tree.
Isaac’s Ice Cream Tree is a delightful story about caring, friendship and a boy with a big heart. I enjoyed reading the adventure Isaac had with his magical tree. Everyday was a new treat for him by his new friend. His excitement is contagious and you can’t help but smile as you read the story. The illustrations are vivid and enhance the story. The story is perfect for younger children and will have them dreaming of ice cream. I love the message in the story to never give up and always look for your rainbow of happiness.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The Review is my own opinion
My kids and I love this book! It is such a fun story about a young boy who figures out that his tree can make ice cream on it’s own, which livens up the winter and makes him want the cold weather to last! This is such a fun, imaginative story for young readers. My kids enjoyed this story and wish that they had a tree just like it. We enjoy making snow ice cream when there is new snow on the ground, so this book took our Winter fun to the next level, imagination wise!
I received this book from Celebrate Lit. This is my honest review.
“Isaac’s Ice Cream Tree” by Angela Henderson is a fun story about a tree and how a boy shares his treats with it and the tree in turn gives him icecream. I really feel that all children would really enjoy hearing this story over and over again. I am sure that most children would enjoy looking at the pictures and telling the story to the adults in their lives.
This book would make great birthday present for children and if you are like me and like to give books as babies showers gifts, I would recommend this book of course, it would be awhile before the child could really read them but I like to give gifts that can be used later and something that others doesn’t give and gifts that keeps on giving and books definitely keep on giving.
I was given a complimentary copy of by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own.