Welcome to Children's Corner book reviews from 4MBS Classic Radio FM in Brisbane. Here you will find short annotations of the children's books reviewed by Kerry Neary in Children's Corner on 4MBS, together with the details you need to find them at your favourite bookstore. Any prices shown are the publisher's Australian recommended price and may vary depending on where you shop. You are welcome to use these reviews for newsletters and the like with appropriate acknowledgement.

Apr 22, 2015

Vanilla ice cream

Bob Graham
Walker Books
ISBN: 9781406350098           RRP: $27.95

It’s not immediately obvious where this title comes from. A sparrow pecks at the dust near a food servery in India. It audaciously raids the plate of a customer, who brushes it away. Good fortune lands the sparrow in a bag of rice, enough food for a quarrel of sparrows. But fortune has placed this bag in the back of a lorry, heading to the docklands and a huge cargo ship ready to sail across the oceans. Some time later in Australia, grandparents and baby grandchild are sitting in a botanic gardens cafe, when down swoops a sparrow. Grandpa’s ice cream is dislodged, falling straight into baby’s lap. And Edie Irvine has her very first taste of vanilla ice cream. What mystery brings this sparrow to this ice cream? This gentle, family-centred story bears quiet reflection.