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Another book I won from the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop earlier this year is the book Phillipa Knickerbocker Glory and the Ice Cream Castle, written by Sarahjane Funnell and illustrated by Amie Bilsby. This is a fun picture book with a similar moral to the book Jellybeans Morning, Noon and Night($) that I recently reviewed here, that moral being “Too much of a good thing can make it cease to be good.”
Phillipa’s favorite treat is knickerbocker glories. She wishes she could have them every day. One day while enjoying one, she is magically transported to an ice cream world where she is given the job of ice cream taster. This is a dream-come-true for a while, but soon Phillipa is full and doesn’t want any more ice cream. She realizes this isn’t as wonderful as she thought it would be and heads for home where she is unable to even finish the knickerbocker glory she was eating. The book ends with Phillipa looking for a new treat to be her favorite. She sees a picture of fairy cake and decides to be Phillipa Fairy Cake, thus setting the reader up for the sequel.
Our favorite thing about this book was that we learned about a new kind of ice cream sundae! We had never heard of a knickerbocker glory. Have you? According to wikipedia and wikihow, a knickerbocker glory is a glorified parfait that has to contain ice cream and fruit and can also contain gelatin, cream, meringue, syrups, and nuts. In the book, knickerbocker glories are described as being “made with all different kinds of ice cream and topped with fruit and hundreds and thousands of pretty coloured sprinkles. Then they are served in giant glasses that look like ice cream towers.” (If you noticed that “u” in coloured, you are correct. This is a British book. The only other thing that stuck out to me as non-American English was a grammatical construction that occurred a few times – that Phillipa and her cat “were sat” somewhere. I stumbled over it a few times and finally ended up reading it “were sitting” each time.)
Now, back to the ice cream! After reading this book, we decided we absolutely must try knickerbocker glories! The Phillipa Knickerbocker Glory website includes a recipe for them as well as coloring pages and other activities. So I whipped up two batches of my dairy-free and sugar-free ice cream, one vanilla and one strawberry. Can I just insert here that this ice cream is so very good, we never even miss the dairy or the sugar??! My kids truly like it better than store-bought ice cream. If you haven’t tried it yet, you really should! We invited a friend who is both dairy and gluten-free over for her birthday, so we decided this was a perfect treat to share. It received rave reviews all around! Here are some pictures of our beautiful friend and our dairy-free, sugar-free (besides the fruit), gluten-free ice cream knickerbocker glories!
Littlenificent pointed out at the end of her bowl that I had neglected to take a picture of her!
And sweet Boynificent felt very left out! “Where’s mine, guys? I think I could handle that!!” 🙂