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Ice Palace

Ted Rand (Illustrator), Deborah Blumenthal

Library Binding

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Every year a glittering palace made from blocks of ice rises several stories above the wintry landscape of Saranac Lake, New York. The workers who build the palace, which is the centerpiece of the annual winter carnival, come from the village and from a nearby prison, Camp Gabriels. Inspired by this real-life event and told in the voice of a young girl who lives nearby, the account of the preparation and creation of the palace and of the festive days that follow gains special poignancy from the fact that the narrator's uncle is among the prisoners on the construction crew. Ted Rand's vibrant watercolors join Deborah Blumenthal's sensitively written text in a unique tribute to a century-old tradition and the community spirit that warms winter's iciest days. Author's note.

Praise For Ice Palace

"an offbeat winter story with a positive message on community-building that should have considerable appeal among kids approaching snowsuit season." THE BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"lyrical text...sparkling watercolors... convey the cold, the excitement, and the community-spirit...Even kids from warm climates will be intrigued." BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA

"wondrous...spectacle...hope, trust, and community...Blumenthal has constructed a deeply quieting and reflective story" KIRKUS REVIEWS Kirkus Reviews

"a fascinating story...imagistic language...Rand mirrors the text's best part - its celebratory winter milieu - creating wonderously frosty scenes" PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Publishers Weekly

Clarion Books, 9780618159604, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2003