[Vocabulary] Language through Literature - Learning New Words through Poem


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Ice-cream Man

What is cold, sweet and creamy, and wonderful to eat? Everyone’s favourite treat especially on a hot summer day is an ice cream! And everyone’s favourite person might just be the Ice-cream Man!

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.

Beneath his round umbrella,
Oh, what a joyful sight,
To see him fill the cones with mounds
Of cooling brown and white:

Vanilla, chocolate, strawberry,
Or chilly things to drink
From bottles full of frosty-fizz,
Green, orange, white, or pink.

His cart might be a flower bed,
Of roses and sweet peas,
The way the children cluster round
As thick as honeybees.

New Words

blaze: bright flame or fire
trundling: moving slowly and heavily

mounds: heap, pile
frosty-fizz: chilled drink making a hissing, bubbling sound
cluster: gather around, group of similar things

Playing with the New Words


cluster around (someone or something)

(To gather around someone or something.)

The kids clustered around the clown to watch him make balloon animals.

Mom clustered the kids around the clown so that they could all see him make balloon animals.

Now we need to cluster the purple flowers around the white ones.

The birds clustered around the chimney top to keep warm.

The kids clustered around the police officer.

She clustered the cups around the bowl.

Karen clustered the children around the fire.

cluster together

(To gather or bunch together.)

The kids clustered together to watch the clown make balloon animals.

Why are all of our nicest Christmas ornaments clustered together on one side of the tree?

All of the bats clustered together on the roof of the cave.

The children clustered together in small groups here and there on the playground.


A mound is a heap or a pile of material or objects. You can make a mound of clothes by dumping your laundry onto your bed.
Synonym: hill
“they built small mounds to hide behind”
Rolling down the steep mound, the children laughed as they turned over on the dirt.

My mother placed a mound of spaghetti on my plate, a heap far too large for a ten year old to eat.

A mound of dirty clothes began to pile up on the laundry room floor.

The gravedigger tossed a mound of dirt over the freshly dug burial place.

Marching out of their tall mound, the ants tramped through the yard in a single line.


When you trundle something, you move it or roll it awkwardly. You might have to trundle your broken suitcase down the stairs if you can't find an elevator.
When a person trundles, they move slowly and heavily. As a noun, trundle means "a roller," and it usually refers to something on wheels that can be moved around, like a trundle bed. You might roll out the trundle bed when your friend sleeps over, and then try to fall asleep as you listen to your brother trundle around the kitchen looking for a midnight snack.
frosty fizz

Frosty is the chilly state of any substance.

Fizz on the other hand is the type of soda drink.

Thus frosty fizz means an icy soda drink.

'Frosty fizz' can be used in a sentence in the following manner:
A frosty fizz would quench my thirst in this sweltering summer heat.
One should drink frosty fizz to relax in this scorching heat.


A blaze is a bright, strong flame. A raging fire is blazing and you can also say other types of shining, like ‘blazing with talent’.
A fire is a blaze. Fire, when it's going strong and burning bright, is blazing. The greater the blaze, the harder a fire is to put out. You can also use this word for other types of brightness or shining. When Michael Jordan played in the NBA, he blazed across the league. Fashion trends that catch on quickly blaze across the country. If something spreads or shines like wildfire, it blazes.


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Is the term frosty fizz used in India?