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When the Hokey-Pokey man lets Ben and Sarah in on a big secret--that the ice cream cone has been invented and will soon debut in New York--the secret gets out and the fun begins
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In the summer of 1904 on the Lower East Side of New York, peddlers sell sour pickles, hot pretzels, fancy buttons--and hokey-pokey, otherwise known as ice cream. Ben and Sarah befriend Joe, the Hokey-Pokey man, who tells them the story of his cousin, a St. Louis ice cream man at the World's Fair who shaped pastries--zalabia--from another peddler's cart into the first ice cream cones. This elaborate set-up seems pointless, so far, until Joe asks Ben and Sarah not to tell his story, because his cousin is coming to New York to make and sell cones with him. But Ben and Sarah don't keep the secret, and soon other peddlers unsuccessfully try to cash in on the idea. When the Joe and his cousin open for business the first day, they are greeted by a long line of customers. The happy ending doesn't mask the problems of this book: the reprimand for Ben and Sarah's betrayal of the secret is hardly just--they are told that they "shouldn't have told," and then get hugs. And the earnest, intriguing beginning (about the origins of a popular treat) gives way to broad slapstick and silliness. As for the pictures, they are some of Ray's best; readers accustomed to her pencil illustrations will find special joy in her ebullient use of color. But while they hoist the spirits of the tale somewhat, they cannot save it. Ages 5-8.
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Book Description Holiday House, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Deborah Kogan Ray (illustrator). 1st Edition. NEW First edition/First printing has been SIGNED by Steven Kroll, the author and the illustrator deborah Kogan Ray on the half title page. Priced (14.95) jacket is NEW. It's the summer of 1904. Ben and sarah like to visit their friend, joe The Hokey- Pokey man, who sells ice cream or hokey pokey, from his cart. he tells then wonderful stories. joe has a secret and the children promise not to tell. The secret is actually a true story as noted in the author's note at the rear of the book. Steven Kroll is the author of more than forty children's books and Deborah Kogan Ray has illustrated more than thirty children's books and received the Caroline Field Award of the Pennsylvania Library Association and Drexel University Citation for illustration. This SIGNED book is Mylar protected. Signed by author and illustrat. Seller Inventory # 001376
Book Description Holiday House, 1989. Library Binding. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0823407284
Book Description Holiday House, 1989. Condition: New. Deborah Kogan Ray (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0823407284
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-0823407284