From the first ice, a thin skin on a bucket of water, through thickly-iced fields, streams, and gardens, a girl, her family, and friends anticipate and enjoy a winter of skating, ending with an ice show complete with costumes, refreshments, and clowns.
A close-knit Maine family glories in the stages of ice that winter brings, especially the kind that is best for skating. Starting with a delicate layer of ice on sheep pails in the barn and eventually moving onto the treasured black ice that helps turn the garden into a skating rink, ice and its accompanying joys have rarely been so enthusiastically described. Barbara McClintock's gorgeous pen-and-ink illustrations add nostalgia and atmosphere to the already evocative text, which sits somewhere between a lengthy picture book and an early reader. Critically acclaimed across the board, this is likely to be a winter classic.
- Juvenile Fiction
- Lifestyles / Country Life, Family / General
- 9-12 years
- September 23, 2011
- November 6, 2012
- Ellen Bryan Obed
- Barbara McClintock