Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed


Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed

Next comes ice like panes of glass. And eventually, skating ice! Take a literary skate over field ice and streams, 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.


- A Junior Library Guild Selection - A Winter 2012-13 Kids

- Kirkus Best Children's Books of 2012 - Booklist's Editors

- NYPL 100 Titles for Reading & Sharing, 2012

[A] perfect snowflake of a book. . . this is a book about a young woman s deep connection to nature and her family, but also the thrilling reward of pitching in together to create something magical New York Times Book Review

Snug and elegant, evocative and fun, Ellen Bryan Obed's memoir from her childhood winters in Maine skates along in an aesthetic pas de deux, as you might say, with Barbara McClintock's graceful black-and-white drawings. The Wall Street Journal

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

Irresistible. Kirkus, starred review

This is a celebration of play, of winter, and of imagination . . . in an icy collection whose overarching quality is warmth. Horn Book

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

Delicate pen-and-ink illustrations enhance the action, emotions, and humor of each short description of ice and frost goings-on. . . . [A] brief but unforgettable volume. School Library Journal, starred review

The rituals and humor connected with a timeless childhood experience unspool seemingly without effort from author and artist in this intimate volume. Shelf Awareness, starred review

This is a joyful, spirited gem of a book, as bracing and glorious as a perfect stretch of ice. Joyce Sidman, Newbery Honor author

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64 pages


Ellen Bryan Obed
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Publication date

9th November 2015



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