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|Saffron ice cream|
Author: Kheiriyeh, Rashin
Rashin is an Iranian immigrant girl living in New York, excited by her first trip to Coney Island, and fascinated by the differences in the beach customs between her native Iran and her new home--but she misses the saffron flavored ice cream that she used to eat.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.30
Points: .5 Quiz: 199764
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 2.30
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 73489
School Library Journal (+) (00/04/18)
The Hornbook (00/07/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 04/01/2018 PreS-Gr 2— A young girl enjoys her first visit to the beach at Coney Island while remembering her past family outings in Iran. Trips to the Caspian Sea entailed adventurous car drives listening to Persian music, saffron ice cream, and her best friend Azadeh. Now, in Brooklyn, her family takes the subway filled with "all sorts of people" and music, but there is no Azadeh. Bright oil-and-acrylic paints on handmade paper gives texture and delightful energy to the presentation, adding to the joyous, celebratory excitement of a first visit to a new place. The voice of young Rashin is infectious with curiosity as she wonders what it will be like on the beach in New York City and if there will be different rules. In Iran, women and men were separated by a screen while they sunbathed and played in the water. The women were able to "take off their covers and get a tan," and enjoy "a big party" while female guards made sure no men peeped through the canvas. The Iranian author/illustrator subtly teases out the differences between the two experiences. When young Rashin finds that there is no saffron ice cream on Coney Island she is disappointed, but a young girl suggests to her a new flavor, and a new friendship starts. VERDICT A must-purchase for libraries, especially for summer reading and beach storytime.—Danielle Jones, Multnomah County Library, OR - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 05/15/2018 Rashin is excited about her first trip to an American beach. As she and her family make their way from Brooklyn to Coney Island, Rashin recounts another beach trip—one to the Caspian Sea, in Iran, where she’s from. That adventure begins with a special halim (savory porridge) breakfast, a five-hour drive through the forest, and a picnic lunch. She has sweet memories of swimming with her best friend, Azadeh, and eating saffron ice cream, so this trip is laden with hope. Readers might be surprised to learn about Iranian beaches being segregated by gender, with Islamic beach guards enforcing the rules. Vibrant illustrations bursting with color and texture complement Rashin’s anticipation, especially when she sees an ice-cream truck by the beach. Disappointment hits hard, however, when there is no saffron flavor—but it is short-lived. After all, Coney Island has much to offer, and all ends well. This charming story is a perfect summertime pick and a refreshingly upbeat, relatable account of an immigrant experience. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.