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Reviewed by Leiann Lynn Rose Spontaneo for Readers' Favorite
In I Campaigned For Ice Cream by Suzanne Jacobs Lipshaw, Josh was at his brother’s tee-ball game. An ice cream truck approached and Josh wondered why ice cream trucks are not allowed in his neighborhood. Later, he contacted the town hall and was told this was so because of a law called the 1954 peddler law. So, Josh started a campaign. He wrote a letter to the township trustees, asking if he could speak at a meeting. He also then went around petitioning and got 165 signatures. He wrote a speech. He told the trustees that he bet they liked ice cream when they were kids. The meeting ended up all in favor, but two more meetings were needed. Josh felt uneasy. A draft law was made up, stating that bells, chimes, and music were not allowed. How then would one know an ice cream truck was approaching? Another meeting to go. Josh went to the media for support. At the final meeting, they all voted in favor and Josh could scream for ice cream! He thanked the trustees for taking a 9-year-old seriously. The following spring day, Josh was treated to his favorite chocolate crunch bar, on the house, by an ice cream truck driver.
I think I Campaigned For Ice Cream: A Boy's Quest for Ice Cream Trucks by Suzanne Jacobs Lipshaw is a wonderful story, as it teaches kids to go after what they want, especially if it is the right thing to do. Josh was after something simple and innocent like an ice cream truck that would benefit the neighborhood and the ice cream truck divers could increase their rounds and sell more. This book may get a child involved in learning about the political process. Everything from petitions to the media is covered and explained to generate support and persuasion. The illustrations by Wendy Leach do help as well to explain the process. I think this book is very educational and young readers will enjoy it - after all, every kid loves ice cream.