January 30, 2018

A Little Gem for January

I ran across this book last fall and thought it would just be perfect for an afternoon read-aloud this winter. I bought it and ended up reading it with my kids right away. I'm glad now that I didn't wait, since this and every other book we own has been packed into boxes since the fire. Anyway...

We loved it! This is the kind of book that makes you want to go out an recreate the story for yourself and your kids. In fact, our garden is kind of sunken, so it would probably be perfect for an ice rink! Too bad this winter has been so warm--it wouldn't stay frozen. [That is the first time in my life I have ever written THAT statement!]

So if you need a warm, nostalgic look at the joys of winter, find this one! Or use it to supplement your Winter Olympics watching. It won't take you long to read, but you'll be glad you did.

Twelve Kinds of Ice, by Ellen Bryan Obed
Illustrated by Barbara McClintock

5 stars: A little gem!

This slim book tells all about how the author's family used to make their vegetable garden into an ice skating rink every winter, complete with hockey, figure skating, and a big show at the end. Before Garden Ice comes, however, you have First Ice, Second Ice, Black Ice, Stream Ice, and others.

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I'm not much of a skater, but this one had me dreaming of flooding the garden this winter and strapping on some skates! The black and white illustrations perfectly matched the subject and were scattered liberally throughout the text. A book to savor together.

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