GRAHAM, Bob Vanilla Ice Cream Walker, 2014 unpaged $27.95 ISBN 9781406350098 SCIS 1671870
What does a little girl with an ice cream cone have in common with a bird from the other side of the world? The story begins with a young sparrow—curious and bold, free to go where he wants—who finds a sack of rice in India and follows the food over the oceans and through storms. Eventually a new dawn reveals the sparrow has travelled to a large city. In the middle of the city in botanical gardens, the sparrow meets Edie and her grandparents. Edie is curious, like the sparrow, and through a series of events finds a vanilla ice cream cone landing in her lap.
As with all Bob Graham books, this is a wonderfully illustrated book and explores the issues of sameness in a global world and our connection with nature. While we may live in different countries on different continents the human experience remains the same.
reviewed by Katie Poidomani