Root Beer and Banana (Hardcover)
Candlewick, 9780763617486, 32pp.
Publication Date: May 10, 2005
Sarah Sullivan's lyrical text and Greg Shed's warm, nostalgic illustrations lend a southern flavor to this gentle tale of friendship and small kindnesses.
Mister Mac's ceiling fan stirs the heat
while the ice-cream freezer
hums its steady tune.
Cold air hits my face
when I slide the door open.
It's summer on the river, hot enough to melt the tar on the roof, and Squirt is happy to be at Mister Mac's General Store, where her grandfather is treating her to a cold, refreshing Popsicle. Her only dilemma is what flavor to choose — until she meets a girl named Miracle, with her brightly patched dress, who's a nickel shy of buying her own frozen treat. With some quiet help from Granddaddy, Squirt makes just the right choice and ends up with something even better than TWO Popsicles: a new friend.
About the Author
Greg Shed is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including DANDELIONS and THE BUTTERFLY HOUSE by Eve Bunting, I LOVED YOU BEFORE YOU WERE BORN by Anne Bowen, and HARVEST HOUSE by Jane Yolen. "Working on ROOT BEER AND BANANA," he says, "reminded me of my own childhood, and the days when my grandfather would take me fishing." This is his first book with Candlewick Press.