Root Beer and Banana
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.
“This ingenious little book about family and friendship would be an excellent way to introduce the topic of a new baby to older brothers—and sisters.” (Book Page)
“One of the best books about friendship.” (Jennifer Garner, actress and reader)
“A refreshing summer treat.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“A quiet, lyrical tale about friendship.” (School Library Journal)
“Poetic text.” (Booklist)
“With painterly, atmospheric illustrations, this book evokes a lazy summer’s day in the country and an encounter between two new friends.” (Wondertime)