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Striped Ice Cream Paperback – January, 1992

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Joan Lexau is the author of many picture books for children including the My First I Can Read Book Go Away, Dog, written under the pen name, Joan Nodset, and illustrated by Paul Meisel. Ms. Lexau lives in Otisville, NY.

John Wilson is the editor of Books & Culture, the Christian review of literature, and editor-at-large for its parent magazine, Christianity Today.

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1st edition (January 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590429035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590429030
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,282,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
If I could choose only one book that impacted my life, it would be Striped Ice Cream. I first read it in elementary school (30 years ago) and find myself reading it again every so often. The characters are so real, and you become involved in what they feel. The mother does a fantastic job of being a single parent to five children during a time (1960's?) when it was neither common or accepted. Inspite of difficult times, the family's strong ties to each other and their fine character would serve as excellent role models for any child today. The main story line is "peppered" with moments of humor and warmth of a close family. The main character Becky, is easy for 3rd & 4th graders to relate to. This would be an excellent story for any child.
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Format: Paperback
I found my old scholastic paperback recently and decided to read this short chapter book to my seven year old boy,Joe, since I loved this book as a child. The main character, Becky, and her family are so poor they must scrimp to buy new shoes. Despite their lack of money, the family dearly loves one another. It is a sweet story of family life that I hope endures for generations.
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Format: Paperback
I read this book in the 3rd grade, and now I'm a college sophomore still searching for a story line so meaningful, yet so simple at the same time. Becky's insights are wise beyond her own years, and the journey to her birthday is unforgettable.
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I read this book when I was in 4th or 5th grade. I remember going to the local library and checking this book out all the time. A few years ago I had the opportunity to read it again. It still made me cry at the end. I love the story and characters in this book. I have a ten year old daughter now and I am going to purchase this for her for Christmas. I can't wait for her to read it. I hope she enjoys as much as I did.
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I read this book countless times when I was a child and now my 8 year old loves it -- she's now reading it for the fourth time. I vividly remember this story. Despite family hardships and personal sadness, Becky finds happiness in the smallest pleasures--a new dress, spaghetti with chicken and striped ice cream.
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Format: Paperback
I read this book in 1969 when I was 9. I couldn't put it down! The family was so different from my own yet I could relate so well. I remember feeling such compassion for the family and admiring them as well. The author didn't talk down to her readers and the conversational tone readily captures the readers attention. I recently thought of this book so decided to see if I could find it online. What a great surprise when I did! Now I'm going to purchase it for the library at the youth center where I'm director. This will make a terrific group read and many of our kids will be able to identify with this family.
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Format: Paperback
This book was important to me as a child; I recall it fondly and read it voraciously. I don't dare read it again; I'd hate to learn that it's horribly laden with ugly and lazy stereotypes! I'll just review it based on the importance it held for me as a young girl.
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I read this book as an older grade schooler and loved it. This book really helped me understand concepts that I knew little about at the time; poverty, values,and being satisfied with what you have. So happy I found a copy to read again as an adult.
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