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Cracked Corn and Snow Ice Cream: A Family Almanac Hardcover – September 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 015227250X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152272500
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,184,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

A combination oral history, scrapbook, almanac, recipe sampler, and photo album, Cracked Corn and Snow Ice Cream will be a pleasure for any child or adult. Those who loved the Little House books will especially enjoy the rural recollections here. The book is crammed with photos and funny facts (33 cows will fit into a classroom), poems and farming lore, home arts, jokes, moon phases, and riddles, all appearing in a month-by-month format. Jane Dyer's magical illustrations complement the photos and the text.

Cracked Corn and Snow Ice Cream is a perfect treat for anyone who has (or wishes to have) a strong sense of family or history, for grandparents who want to share memories with children, or for people sending a gift to children they don't know well. (The publisher recommends this book for all ages, but children ages 4 and older will enjoy the text the most.)

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-6?Willard and Dyer have joined creative forces to produce a charming book that escorts readers back in time, pulling together interesting and useful information on weather, planting, cooking, etc. Children are told, "Pretend you are reading The Farmer's Almanac, which tells you about weather and days to remember and how to grow a pumpkin so big you could sleep in it. Pretend it's 1911 or 1920, and the snow is so deep you can't even find the road." What personalizes this title is "The Voices" section found in each month. For this, Willard interviewed members of her own family and retrieved memories that she masterfully pairs with old photographs. The result is a warm conversation full of fascinating tidbits about farm life in the Midwest. In addition, each of the four seasons is introduced with double-page spreads of remarkably clear photographs from her family's albums. Youngsters will linger over these, paging back and forth, matching faces to names and comments, studying details. Great care is taken throughout to select inclusive information. Thus, significant dates and festivals from many cultural traditions appear, and the introductory poem for each month reflects that diversity. The text is exquisitely illustrated with hand lettering and beautiful watercolor details, filling the space with visual data and a sense of the past. This is a book that invites participation, encourages conversation between the generations, and storytelling.?Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Minnesota grandmother on November 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This precious book caught my eye mainly because of the "snow ice cream" in the title! How fondly I remember my mother scooping up great heaps of freshly fallen snow to make that wonderful treat! And in this book we have the RECIPE!
I bought the book as a gift for a 10-year-old girl who lives on a farm, plus an extra copy for myself!
There are many, many wonderful thoughts, facts, pictures, and memories to beguile almost anyone, any age. Don't miss it!
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By A Customer on April 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be very delightful. It brought back memories of my own great grandmother and the stories she told. The recipes and the helpful tips sounded a lot like the things my great grandma used to share. I found it to be refreshing and nostalgic. I would recommend this to anyone who likes to hear from the past the wisdom and the winsome.
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By Pauletta Dove on March 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Not at all what I expected, very few recipes. Would not really recommend it to someone else. Disappointed with # of recipes. Information OK.
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The text and pictures offer a personal and illustrated view of this family's recent past. Although it is a regional memory trip, I feel it could serve as a reminder for our own life experiences in our early years -- of course, I am in my late sixties and this opinion applies to those of that generation. (smile) It was a heart-warming look into bygone times.
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By Valerie Schulz on March 7, 2013
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I work in long term care and we have all been enjoying it, as well as my husband, and Dad! Good reminiscing and a beautiful book to boot!
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