Rachel Field wrote fiction for children. She was also a poet and novelist.
This poem is written by Rachel Field and communicates how an ice cream man brings joy and relief during the scorching heat of the summer days. He brings varieties of ice creams in his cart. He also brings cold fizz drinks to quench the thirst of the children. The ice cream man becomes everyone's favourite during this time.
The poem describes a hot summer day scene of the city. In the summer days, everybody gets tired of the heat and the sun blazes extremely. Meanwhile, the Ice-cream man comes down the streets with his cart. The ice-cream man becomes a means of joy and happiness for everyone. He has different flavours of ice creams in his cart. He has chilled frosty-fizz to drink too. Children flock round the cart and ask for their flavour of ice cream or chilled drink. The poet has compared the ice cream cart with a bed of roses and sweet peas, where the children gather as honey bees cluster around the flowers to get nectar. This is how the ice cream man spreads joy and happiness everywhere in the summers.
When summer’s in the city,
And brick’s a blaze of heat,
The Ice-cream man with his little cart
Goes trundling down the street.
In the first stanza, the poet says that it is summertime and the city is burning with scorching heat. The sun blazes extremely. The ice-cream man comes to the city with his ice-cream cart and goes slowly on the streets with his cart.
Beneath his round umbrella,
Oh, what a joyful sight,
To see him fill the cones with mounds,
Of cooling brown and white:
In this stanza, the poet says that the ice-cream man is a source of joy and happiness to everyone in this scorching heat. It is wonderful and joyous to see how the ice-cream man fills the cone with ice-cream under his big round umbrella.
Vanilla, chocolate, strawberry,
Or chilly things to drink,
From bottles full of frosty-fizz,
Green, orange, white, or pink.
In this stanza, the poet talks about the variety of flavours like vanilla, chocolate and strawberry that the ice-cream man has in his cart. He also has chilled frosty fizz drinks in different colours.
His cart might be a flower bed,
Of roses and sweet peas,
The way the children cluster round
As thick as honeybees.
In this stanza, the poet compares the ice-cream cart with a bed of flowers where roses and sweet peas are blossoming. The poet says that the way children gather around the ice-cream cart, they look like honey bees clustering around the flowers to get nectar. This is how the ice cream man spreads joy and happiness everywhere in the summers.
Q1. In Which Season is Ice Cream Popular?
Ans. Ice cream is popular during the summer season.
Q2. With What did the Poet Compare the Ice-Cream Cart and the Children?
Ans. The poet compares the ice-cream cart with the flower bed of roses and snow peas. The children are compared with the honeybees flocking around the flowers to get nectar.
Q3. What are the Two Things that the Ice-Cream Man is Selling?
Ans. The ice-cream man is selling ice creams of different varieties and different coloured chilled frosty fizz drinks.
Q4. How does the Ice Cream Spread Joy and Happiness to Everyone?
Ans. The ice cream man spreads joy and happiness to everyone by selling ice creams and fizz drinks. Children and adults quench their thirst and get some cooling effect in the hot scorching summers.