Vanilla Ice Cream by Bob Graham
  

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Award-winning Bob Graham celebrates freedom and the wonders of chance in this beautiful and almost wordless picture book. An emblem of freedom, a tiny and curious sparrow makes its long journey across the world. Through glorious illustrations the sparrow travels by road across India and then on the long, long boat journey south over the wide expanses of the ocean. Landfall in a big city leads the sparrow to Edie Irvine, a little and curious baby in a buggy who as a result of the meeting and totally by chance, gets his first taste of vanilla ice-cream! A beautiful and thought-provoking book.

Synopsis

Vanilla Ice Cream by Bob Graham

A wild, young sparrow rises from the dust outside an Indian food stall surrounded by swaying palms. The sparrow flies off just where he pleases, following the food...He journeys south through the lush rice paddies and across the rough sea and all the way into a bright new day where, just for a moment, the wild sparrow's world collides with little Edie's. So it is that little Edie discovers the taste of vanilla ice cream in the most curious way!

This is the story of a traveller free to go where he pleases, of a journey, and of how life can take wild and curious paths.

Reviews

“Graham’s books bubble with good humour and the knowledge that there are many ways
of looking at the world provided you keep an open mind.” The Guardian

About the Author

Bob Graham

Winner of the Kate Greenaway and Smarties Gold Medals and the Australian Children’s Book of the Year Award an unprecedented three times, Bob Graham has written and illustrated many acclaimed children’s books, including How to Heal a Broken Wing and Jethro Byrde, Fairy Child.

Bob Graham lives in Victoria, Australia, with his wife, Carolyn, a printmaker who makes landscapes out of lino and wood. They have two grown-up children, Naomi, a musician and refugee worker living in London, and Peter, an artist in Melbourne making big, beautiful, ethereal paintings in oil. They have two grandchildren, Oliver and his older sister Rosie - and to them he is "Bob" rather than "Grandad" (somehow that name has the feeling of pipes, carpet slippers and rocking chairs; and he's not quite ready for that). He reads them books (mostly other people's and, very occasionally, his own), and they just blob around and go to the park, and things like that. Like a grandad and grandchildren are supposed to do.

As a child

"I lived with my mum, dad, my older sister and my grandmother - and a cat called Smokey. There was still a bit of bush around our suburb, where I could muck about. I could sometimes ride my scooter the entire length of the street in the gutter. There were few parked cars back in those days. I read Boys Own annuals from England, Hans Christian Andersen and Brothers Grimm stories from Europe, and America provided the superheroes in comic book form: Superman, Captain Marvel, The Phantom (the ghost who walks) and even Popeye, who constantly rescued his girlfriend, Olive Oyl, from the clutches of Bluto (all it took was a can of spinach). My course for a lifetime of interesting reading was set."

As an artist

"Every time a computer graphics course is advertised in the local paper, I say, "I MUST go." But I always have something else to do, it seems. So I still use a pen dipped in ink, and chalks and watercolour, and scissors and sticky tape. Oh yes, and sometimes I tap out some words on my computer. And that suits me just fine."

Things you didn't know about Bob Graham

I like surfing and Irish music.

I like the sound of dogs' ears flapping.

I like chillies, coffee, chocolate and reading in bed.

I like Bob Dylan, babies, breakfast and beer.

I like looking out of the window, sitting in the sun and drawing.

I like skateboarders, rock and roll and interesting parcels.

I like family photo albums, train journeys and reunions at airports.

I dislike dog catchers (of dogs just having fun).

I dislike progressive barn dances.

And I dislike bullies.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
40 pages
Interest Age: From 4

Author

Bob Graham
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Publisher

Publication date

4th August 2016

ISBN

9781406370683

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