Vanilla Ice Cream (HB)
In this beautifully illustrated story, Bob Graham shows how all the creatures and the people of the world can be connected to each other in the most surprising ways. 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. Vanilla Ice Cream is classic Bob Graham storytelling - warm and tender and wise - and is sure to spark the imaginations of young readers (and old) and inspire lots of interesting discussion. Vanilla Ice Cream sits alongside Bob's classic stories How to Heal a Broken Wing and A Bus Called Heaven and Silver Buttons. It is filled with unique observations that open our eyes to new ways of looking at the world.
Bob Graham has written and illustrated many acclaimed children's picture books, including How to Heal a Broken Wing; Max, which won the 2000 Smarties Gold Medal; Jethro Byrde - Fairy Child which won the Kate Greenaway Prize in 2002 and April Underhill - Tooth Fairy which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway in 2011; A Bus Called Heaven, which is endorsed by Amnesty International UK was the winner of the 2012 Children's Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award - a prize Bob has won an unprecedented six times. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.