Monday, November 18, 2013

Twelve Kinds of Ice

Obed, Ellen B, and Barbara McClintock. Twelve Kinds of Ice. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2012.

A family who waits all year for the perfect ice conditions. This story takes you back through the different stages of winter to the point where there are perfect conditions for a community to come together and enjoy the ice.

The author's writing style is simple and breathe taking.  When the author writes, "Silver blades, silver speeds, silver sun," the reader is able to connect the text and feel what the children are feeling as they skate on the ice.

The illustrations in the book help the reader to visualize how the family works together to get true enjoyment out of every change in ice that comes throughout the winter.

In my opinion this book is a great story for an older sibling to read to a younger on at the beginning of winter. The whimsical pictures and descriptive words would make any child excited for winter weather. 

Age ranges to which this book would appeal: third grade to fifth grade.

E.R., BGSU Student

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