An inspiring true story of the Holocaust
Francesco Tirelli loved to eat gelato from his uncle's cart. So when he moves from Italy to Hungary, Francesco decides to open his own ice cream store. There young Peter learns to love ice cream as much as Francesco did. But when the war comes and Francesco closes his shop for the winter, he uses the shop for a special purpose—to hide his Jewish friends and neighbors from danger. This heroic tale is based on true events.
"Francesco Tirelli's Ice Cream Shop is highly recommended for children but will also be appreciated by adults because of its exceptional artwork and intelligent text. A brief 'Epilogue' fills in facts and informs readers of Francesco Tirelli's recognition by Yad Vashem."—Jewish Book Council
"A gentle, yet heroic addition to Holocaust literature."—Kay Weisman, Booklist
"An accessible and memorable account for young readers of one man's humanity during the Holocaust."—Kirkus Reviews
"With lighthearted illustrations and a hopeful story, this picture book translated from Hebrew offers an additional perspective on the events of World War II and the Holocaust."—School Library Journal
"A hopeful tale of kindness, resourcefulness, and comfort in Hanukkah traditions."—The Horn Book Magazine