Twelve Kinds of Ice (2012)

With the first ice—a skim on a sheep pail so thin it breaks when touched—one family’s winter begins in earnest. Next comes ice like panes of glass. And eventually, skating ice! Take a literary skate over field ice and streambed, 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.

  • Author: Ellen Bryan Obed
  • Illustrator: Barbara McClintock
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
  • Published: November 6, 2012
  • Format: Paperback, 64pps
  • ISBN-10: 0544555546 / ISBN-13: 978-0544555549
  • Age Range: 6 – 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 4

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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.  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.

About the Illustrator: 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.

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