Twelve Kinds of Ice (Hardcover)
Houghton Mifflin, 9780618891290, 64pp.
Publication Date: November 6, 2012
Winter 2012 Kids Next List
— Marika McCoola, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA
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"This is a joyful, spirited gem of a book, as bracing and glorious as a perfect stretch of ice." -Newbery Honor author Joyce Sidman
With the first ice--a skim on a sheep pail so thin it breaks when touched--one family's winter begins in earnest. Next comes ice like panes of glass. And eventually, skating ice Take a literary skate over field ice and streambed, through sleeping orchards and beyond. The first ice, the second ice, the third ice . . . perfect ice . . . the last ice . . . Twelve kinds of ice are carved into twenty nostalgic vignettes, illustrated in elegantly scratched detail by the award-winning Barbara McClintock.
Praise For Twelve Kinds of Ice…
"Evocative and at the same time marvelously real, this is as much about expectation and the warmth to be found in family and friends as it is about cold ice . . . Everyone will find this a small gem."
—Booklist, starred review
—Kirkus, starred review
"This is a celebration of play, of winter, and of imagination . . . in an icy collection whose overarching quality is warmth."
"Like a souvenir from a bygone era . . . Today's readers will marvel at the old-fashioned amusements, chronicled with folksy charm."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review