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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Stories Without Words
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books; 1st edition (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592700985
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592700981
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #676,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As much fun as it is to burrow oneself in the odd little world of Geisert's meticulously etched and colored artwork, the great opening here is to wonder what's happening between and outside the pages. Why are the pigs on the island anyway? How did they get such a fantastic flying ship? How often do they go iceberg hunting? What other amazing adventures await them? A golden opportunity to interact creatively with children and get those young imaginations firing. " - Ian Chipman, Booklist

"Although these pigs demonstrate the wondrous resourcefulness that Geisert fans have come to expect, it’s their surreal setting that steals the show. This title is as much about big questions as small details, and the audience is compelled to ponder and create a backstory that can account for the community’s predicament and its quirky resolution." - Elizabeth Bush, The Center for Children's Books

"I can't tell you how many times I've flipped through this book. The illustrations are so full of detail that you can open the book to any page and spend a good while just taking it all in. [...] If you like to point out the lessons found in kid books, you could talk about how the pigs work together to solve their problem, how to nourish collaborative creativity like the pigs did in their brainstorming session or even how the pigs had to adapt to their changing environment, something we all have to do at some point in life. And there are always the simple lessons, too: sharing, dreaming and caring about your fellow pig (or human)." - Kim Mills, News-Records.com, Greensboro, NC

"Share this book with a child who loves looking closely. Or even better, curl up together and share some time with ice, invention and imagination." - Tasha Saecker, wakingbraincells.com

"The detailed and enchanting illustrations in mostly muted colors effectively reveal the inventiveness and the emotions of the pigs as they struggle through the heat, diligently build their their flying boat, work together to use the ice creatively and celebrate their success.

One of the joys of this wordless picture book is that at each reading, the reader notices something new in the pictures and so spins a tale that is slightly different to the one told before. Ice is a beautiful story that will delight and spark the imagination of any reader. Highly recommended." - Maya Fleischmann, for curledupkids.com

"Ths is an especially satisfying Geisert title...And the air-schooner, a charming marriage of sailing and balloon technology, is a standout among Geisert's many contraptions." -Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review

"As always, the pictorial work will appeal to a wide age range. this book can be enjoyed alone r shared in a side-by-side setting." -Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

"Children will love tracking the imaginative detail of each colored illustration..."ICE" is a pleasure for all ages, and proves that the most fascinating of tales need not a single word to be told." -The Midwest Book Review

"Definitely one for my "Wordless Picture Books" tub, and I know just the English Language Learner that I'll hand it to first thing in the morning!" -Mary Lee, A Year of Reading

"A simple, pitch-perfect story that will serve to get the imaginative juices flowing. The year is young, but Ice will likely be a 2011 standout." -100scopenotes.com

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About the Author

Award-winning children's book author Arthur Geisert's pigs are legendary in the world of children's books. They carve ice sculptures, teach Roman numerals, create ingenious machines and get up to all kinds of antics. Did Arthur grow up on a farm? No. He grew up in LA and claims not to have seen a pig until he was an adult. Trained as a sculptor in college, Geisert learned to etch at the Otis Art Institute in LA. Geisert has published just about a book a year for the past 30 years and every one of his books has been illustrated with etchings. His work has appeared in The New Yorker and the Horn Book magazine, and he has won the New York Time's Best Illustrated Award. A resident of Galena, a community in northwest Illinois, for decades, he currently lives in a converted bank building in Bernard, Iowa.

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Arthur Geisert's unique and exquisite etchings have been widely praised and exhibited at the Chicago Institute of Art, among other museums. His work is regularly selected for the Society of Illustrators', annual Original Art exhibition, and his illustrations are now being collected by the Dubuque Museum of Art. He lives in a converted bank in Bernard, Iowa.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Me and Arthur Geisert, Arthur Geisert and I . . . I wouldn't say we've ever connected, exactly. Over the years I've had a hard time getting a grasp on his particular brand of picture book creation. I'm a librarian. I like categories and slots and easy ways to organize my thoughts on one person or another. Geisert sort of rejects that whole idea. His picture books work in and of themselves, but they don't pander. You don't pick up a work by the man and feel that it's trying to ingratiate itself with you. There's something vaguely unnerving, almost European, about this. We Americans are used to books dipped in glitter and outrageous characters that scream across crowded bookstores and libraries, "PICK ME!!! PICK ME!! I'M THE ONE!!!!" Arthur Geisert books, in comparison, sit quietly in amongst themselves playing a hand of Pinochle or, if they're feeling particularly daring, maybe a round of Hearts. Should you choose to pick one up to read, it will tip its hat politely to you but make no attempt to smoother you with its marvelousness. All this came to mind when I read one of Geisert's latest creations. Ice is a simple story focusing on pigs and glaciers.

On long horizontal pages, our wordless tale begins with a look at an island. The sun sits big and low over a series of adapted huts. At one end of the island sits a kind of pit or pool, low on water, where the resident pigs fill up their buckets. That night a conference is called and next thing you know the pigs are hoisting the rigging on their one and only ship. Not content with mere sails, a balloon is inflated and off go the pigs. Soon enough they locate some enormous glaciers. Enterprising to the last, they connect their ship to one such ice chunk (sails are added to help drag it along) and when they return home the ice is put to use.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Byrnes on February 24, 2012
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I suppose the popularity of the movie, "The Artist," has made me more aware of how clever it is to tell a story with just pictures. And when the story told in silence is so clever and well drawn that adds to the picture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Landes on November 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Arthur Geisert is a renowned author of children's books that all revolve around pigs. He is a prolific author and one can find his works right at the top of any Best Children's Books list. In fact, the NY Times named "Ice" one of the Best Children's Books of 2011. In this book, Gisert's pigs are busy tring to find a solution for the oppressive heat they feel. Their solution is to search for ice and they take their boat out to search high and low for as much ice as they can bring back. One can't help but feel thrilled for the pigs when they finally are able to bring back big chunks of ice that get deposited into a large swimming pool looking object and they are finally able to sit and enjoy their meal as a family while feeling relatively cool. Another great addition to the Geisert collection of great children's stories based on his famous pigs.
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By tspia on July 13, 2014
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4yo wasn't as excited as I thought she would be about making up her own stories with this one. She loves his books.
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By Katie Berezowski on September 9, 2013
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What a wonderful story for young children to begin the process of creating a story through pictures. I love that the story is not predictable and fosters so much imagination.
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