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9780593563229

Ice Cream Man How Augustus Jackson Made a Sweet Treat Better

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  • ISBN13:

    9780593563229

  • ISBN10:

    0593563220

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2023-01-17
  • Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

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Summary

Discover the inspiring story of Augustus Jackson, an African American entrepreneur who is known as "the father of ice cream," in this beautifully illustrated picture-book biography.

Augustus Jackson was born in 1808 in Philadelphia. While most African Americans were enslaved at that time, in Pennsylvania, slavery was against the law. But while Augustus and his family were free, they were poor, and they depended on their garden and their chickens for food. Augustus enjoyed helping his mom prepare meals for their family. He dreamed of becoming a professional cook, and when his mom suggested he may be able to make meals for the president one day, Augustus didn’t waste any time in making that dream a reality. In 1820, when he was only twelve years old, he set off for Washington, DC. He applied to work in the White House, where the head cook offered him a job as a kitchen helper. After five years of working hard, Augustus, or Gus, was promoted to cook. He went on to serve presidents James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Jackson.

During his time at the White House, Augustus became an expert at making a popular egg-based dessert. He soon made an eggless version—known to us today as ice cream—and left the White House determined to make and sell the frozen treat to everyone, not just the wealthy. Gus headed back home to Philadelphia, and in 1830, he opened his very own ice cream parlor. He devised a way to keep the ice cream frozen so that it could be shipped and sold to other businesses. Gus also began adding rock salt to the ice that he used to make his ice cream, which made the mixture freeze more quickly. This allowed him to speed up his production process. He created more ice cream with new flavors, and soon he was shipping product via train to places like New York City, which was 100 miles away. Gus’s dream had come true, and better yet, he had brought smiles to many faces.

Shining a light on a little-known visionary, this inspiring picture-book biography includes an afterword, a list of sources, and an easy-to-follow recipe so readers can make their own delicious ice cream!

Author Biography

Glenda Armand has had a long career as a teacher and school librarian and enjoys writing picture-book biographies that inspire children to dream big. She is the author of the award-winning Love Twelve Miles Long, Ira’s Shakespeare Dream, Song in a Rainstorm: The Story of Musical Prodigy Thomas “Blind Tom” Wiggins, and Black-Eyed Peas and Hoghead Cheese. When not writing or practicing the piano, Glenda tends a garden full of roses, lilies, and birds-of-paradise. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Kim Freeman enjoys writing picture books that inspire children to follow their dreams. In her free time, she likes to relax by attending sporting events and visiting museums and zoos with her family. A graduate of Indiana University, Kim lives in Bloomington, Indiana, and is surrounded by loving family members and ice cream shops of many flavors. (Her favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate peanut butter.) Ice Cream Man is her debut picture book.

Keith Mallett has been drawing and painting for as long as he can remember. The NAACP Image Award–nominated artist and designer has created posters and fine art prints for more than forty years. In 2017, he created the Google Doodle commemorating Martin Luther King Day. He has illustrated a number of picture books, including Curve & Flow (written by Andrea J. Loney), When Langston Dances (written by Kaija Langley), Sing a Song (written by Kelly Starling Lyons), and Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee! (written by Andrea J. Loney). Keith Lives in San Diego with his wife and German Shepherd.

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