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cover of the book Ice Cream Man, Augustus Jackson offers the reader a bowl of ice cream from his cart

Ice Cream Man: How Augustus Jackson Made a Sweet Treat Better by Glenda Armand and Kim Freeman

by | Jul 23, 2023 | Biographies | 2 comments

Augustus Jackson, Creator of Ice Cream as We Know It

 

Who Invented Ice Cream? 

Ice Cream Man introduced us to Augustus Jackson, who was born in 1808 in the free state of Pennsylvania. He discovered a love of cooking early on in his life, and moved to the White House. There, he learned how to become a cook, and also began tinkering with the ice cream recipe. 

His ice cream recipe was so well-received that he opened up his own ice cream parlor, and eventually expanded to becoming a supplier to other ice cream shop parlors by finding ways to streamline the ice cream making process and improving shipping standards. 

 

 

The man who created the best summertime treat above the cover for Ice Cream Man, featuring an illustration of Augustus Jackson offering a cup of ice cream from his cart

Themes

Pursue Your Dreams

Ice Cream Man starts with Augustus (“Gus”) discovering at a very young age that he loves cooking. He pursued his passion at a young age as a way to help support his family. Even though it meant leaving everyone he ever knew, he went and found himself a job and a mentor to help him reach the next level of his goals.

Be Brave

Gus left his home at just twelve years old. His bravery led to a position serving in the White House, where he served the dignitaries of the day. Those opportunities were not available to him in his family’s home in Pennsylvania.

Conversations

Reading Ice Cream Man

I have always considered myself a hands-on learner, and once I found this book at the library I knew that the only place that made sense to read this book was our favorite local ice cream parlor, Clementine’s Creamery.

We had such a blast eating ice cream (they even have an entire vegan portion of offerings; my favorite is the Tahini Chocolate Chip), and reading this book together. It was a core memory for sure.

Amanda and her two sons sit in Clementine's Ice Cream parlor reading Ice Cream Man
Amanda and her sons read Ice Cream Man at an ice cream parlor
Amanda and her sons sit together at a table reading Ice Cream Man

Age Level

Both my eight-year-old and my five-year-old loved this book. I have a feeling they will remember this one for a long time.

Where to Buy

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2 Comments

  1. Kim Freeman

    Hi,

    My name is Kim Freeman. I am one of the co-authors of Ice Cream Man. I am thrilled that you and your children liked the story. I love that you read the book in an ice cream parlor! Would you mind if I place your photo on my author website or social media?

    Best wishes,
    Kim

    Reply
    • TheRadicalAgenda

      Absolutely, thank you so much! And thank you for such a fun book!

      Reply

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