Twelve Kinds of Ice

Twelve Kinds of Ice

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2012.
ISBN: 9780618891290
Branch Call Number: J Obed
Characteristics: 64 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.
Additional Contributors: McClintock, Barbara - Illustrator
Alternative Title: 12 kinds of ice


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Sep 20, 2014

Nice little story on the kinds of ice and the anticipation of experiencing ALL the kinds of ice. Nice tales to go along with each kind of ice and good illustrations also. Very enjoyable . Anyone who has skated on an outdoor rink and liked winter will be able to identify with this story.. Delightful little book .

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

A lovely little look at life where winter is the most anticipated athletic season because it brings the dreamed-of ice.

ChristchurchLib Mar 04, 2013

Illustrated with homey, intricately detailed black-and-white scratchboard drawings, this "perfect snowflake of a book" (New York Times Book Review) presents a nostalgic sequence of 20 vignettes depicting the different kinds of ice that form during one long winter. Poetic and artful while also filled with lots of boisterous winter activity, Twelve Kinds of Ice is a warm and memorable ode to the wonders and charms of country life. For another cosy celebration of winter, check out David Johnson's Snow Sounds.
Picture books newsletter February 2013.

Rather_be_reading Feb 22, 2013

Winter may be pretty much over by February where we live, but somewhere there's still a few kinds of ice to come. This lovely little book would be great for a Prairie transplant missing home-made hockey rinks, or anyone with an imgination.

Jan 28, 2013

Loved this little book- such a gem! it's all about the anticipation of coming cold weather, so the family can have the joy of skating again. It is beautifully illustrated with detailed black and white line drawings.


The search for books that aim to become “classics” never ceases. Such books are difficult to find, partly because the ones that try to feel that way utilize this sickening faux nostalgia that, in particularly egregious examples, can make your hair curl. That’s why a book like Twelve Kinds of Ice strikes me as such a rarity. Here we have something that feels like something your grandmother might have read you, yet is as fresh and fun and original as you could hope for. Difficult to categorize, the one thing you can say about it is that it defies you to sum it up neatly. And that it’s delightful, of course. That too.


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Jul 21, 2014

joycemas thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 9


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Jul 21, 2014

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 . . .


In this family there are twelve kinds of ice. All the kids know this fact. “The First Ice” is that thin sheen you find in pails. “The Second Ice” can be pulled out like panes of glass. As the winter comes on, the days grow colder and colder and the kids wait in anticipation. Finally, after the appearance of “Black Ice” it’s time to turn the vegetable garden into a skating rink that will last the whole winter. The whole family creates the sides and uses the hose to create the perfect space. With crisp prose designed to make you feel excited and cozy all at once, the author goes through a full winter with this family. There are sibling rivalries for ice time, skating parties, comic routines, an ice show, and then finally those spring days where you can only skate an hour before the sun starts making puddles. Fortunately for all the kids there’s one kind of ice left and that is dream ice. The ice where you can skate everything from telephone wires to slanting roofs and it will last you all the year until the first ice comes again.


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"We sped to silver speeds at which lungs and legs, clouds and sun, wind and cold, race together. Our blades spit out silver. Our lungs breathed out silver. Our minds burst with silver while the winter sun danced silver down our bending backs.”


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