Synopses & Reviews
With the first iceandmdash;a skim on a sheep pail so thin, it breaks when touchedandmdash;one familyandrsquo;s winter begins in earnest. 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.
“The simple linocut illustrations are stunning; with white figures on a blue background, they create an idealized wintry world.”—Bloomberg.com
“The simple lines and crisp images, especially of spiky Jack Frost, pop and are a delight for the eyes. . . . This is a beautiful piece of bookmaking.”—School Library Journal
“A sparkling winter treat.”—Publishers Weekly
“The artful design is what will draw repeat viewers, young and old, wholl be taken with the pictures evocative feel.”—Booklist
“As in Ghosts in the House!, the limited-palette illustrations are composed of the simplest shapes and lines, here enhanced with swirls of motion (check out Jacks shoes), mottled-background snowfall, and a few perfectly formed snowflakes.”—The Horn Book
- A Junior Library Guild Selection
- A Winter 2012-13 Kidsand#39; Indie Next List Pick
- Kirkus Best Childrenand#39;s Books of 2012
- Booklistand#39;s Editorsand#39; Choice list for 2012
- NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, 2012
andldquo;[A] perfect snowflake of a book. . . this is a book about a young womanandrsquo;s deep connection to nature and her family, but also the thrilling reward of pitching in together to create something magicalandrdquo;
andmdash;New York Times Book Review
andldquo;Snug and elegant, evocative and fun, Ellen Bryan Obedand#39;s memoir from her childhood winters in Maine skates along in an aesthetic pas de deux, as you might say, with Barbara McClintockand#39;s graceful black-and-white drawings.andrdquo;
andmdash;The Wall Street Journal
andquot;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.andquot;
andmdash;Booklist, starred review
andmdash;Kirkus, starred review
andquot;This is a celebration of play, of winter, and of imagination . . . in an icy collection whose overarching quality is warmth.andquot;
andquot;Like a souvenir from a bygone era . . . Todayand#39;s readers will marvel at the old-fashioned amusements, chronicled with folksy charm.andquot;
andmdash;Publishers Weekly, starred review
andquot;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.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal, starred review
andquot;The rituals and humor connected with a timeless childhood experience unspool seemingly without effort from author and artist in this intimate volume.andquot;
andmdash;Shelf Awareness, starred review
andldquo;This is a joyful, spirited gem of a book, as bracing and glorious as a perfect stretch of ice.andrdquo; andmdash;Joyce Sidman, Newbery Honor author
A little boy makes a winter friend, Jack Frost, but when the snowdrops poke through the snow as Spring arrives Jack Frost is gone.
One cold morning a lonely boy wishes for something to do. His animal friends are hibernating, and he has nobody to play with—even all the birds have flown south. When he meets Jack Frost, the last thing he expects is to make a new friend . . . or to discover how enchanting winter can be!
Award-winning illustrator Barbara McClintock renders Ellen Obedand#8217;s timeless text in a wintery scape for young readers. Warm icy hands on this fine winter read.
About the Author
Ellen Bryan Obed grew up on a six-acre farm in Waterville, Maine, where she and her siblings waited for the first ice as most children wait for summer or Christmas or a birthday.andnbsp;
andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Ellen now lives with her husband in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. There they experience many kinds of ice coming each winter to area streams, lakes, and ponds, and to the nearby Piscataquis River.
Award-winning illustrator Barbara McClintock's art has enhanced many children's stories with fanciful costumes and incredible charming details. She is the author and illustrator of several books for children, including The Fantastic Drawings of Danielle, The Battle of Luke and Longnose, and Dahlia. She lives in Connecticut.