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Francesco Tirelli's Ice Cream Shop

Francesco Tirelli's Ice Cream Shop

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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.

HC: 978-1-5415-3465-0
PB: 978-1-5415-3474-2
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Author: Tamar Meir holds degrees in Talmud and Jewish philosophy, and a PhD in literature from Bar-Ilan University.
Illustrator: Yael Albert is an illustrator based in Tel-Aviv.
Ages: 8-12
Grades: 3-6
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"A gelato shop in Hungary becomes a hideout for Jews during World War II. Francesco, a young Italian boy, falls in love with ice cream in every flavor. When he moves to Hungary, to the city of Budapest, there is none to be found as tasty as what he loved as a child, so he opens Francesco's Gelato. No Hungarian culinary specialties are on this menu. One day he encounters a young boy named Peter who shares his passion. After some years pass, the German war against Jews comes to Hungary, and Peter and his family are in danger. Francesco, who has closed his shop, now uses it to hide them and some other Jews. And in the midst of the darkness, Peter finds a special way to celebrate Hanukkah, the festival of lights. The author's note informs readers that, years later, Peter (known as Yitzchak in Israel) petitioned Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust museum, to honor Francesco as one of the Righteous Among the Nations. It is Peter's daughter-in-law who has written this simple but moving tale of quiet heroism. The delicately rendered illustrations vary from the sunny vistas of Italy to the darkness of the hideout. Faces are expressive, and the scene with hidden families around the hanukkiah (originally molds for chocolate) is especially moving. An accessible and memorable account for young readers of one man's humanity during the Holocaust."—Kirkus Reviews

  • 32 Pages
  • 9 1/4 x 11
  • Full-Color Illustrations
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