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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618891293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618891290
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

*Starred Review* Everything about this small book is precise. Twenty short chapters introduce the different kinds of ice that take one family through the winter, while McClintock’s pen-and-ink drawings, subtle yet celebratory, capture ice in all its incarnations. The first ice, you see, is a skim so thin it breaks when the children touch it. Second ice is like glass. But third ice doesn’t break. The narrator and her sister hear it coming: “We lay in our beds, listening to the cold cracking the maple limbs in the yard.” Field ice arrives as a narrow strip. Then stream ice, when you can watch fish swim beneath the surface. Black ice is a little scarier, but it’s good for skating. After the first snowfall, skating can be done at home on garden ice, made by packing the snow and turning on the hose. So it goes throughout the winter, as the family garden becomes a neighborhood hockey rink. When it’s perfect, it’s time for a skating party. Finally, the ice is gone. Lost mittens and pucks appear. But dream ice still exists—and you can skate on it no matter what the season. 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. Children who don’t live in a cold climate will wish they did, and everyone will find this a small gem. Grades 4-7. --Ilene Cooper

Review

- A Junior Library Guild Selection
- A Winter 2012-13 Kids' Indie Next List Pick
- Kirkus Best Children's Books of 2012
- Booklist's Editors' Choice list for 2012
- 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.”
—Newbery Honor author Joyce Sidman

"A book like this one doesn’t come along every day. Would that they did.”
—Betsy Bird, Fuse#8 blogger

"Obed's prose is crystalline: clear, pure, and entrancing. But the real subject of the book is not ice, but happiness; a happiness so contagious that readers of all ages will close the book with a sigh."
—Laura Amy Schlitz, Newbery Medal winner of Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village

"Ellen Bryan Obed's prose transported me to my own childhood of all kinds of ice-some very dirty and bad, others grand and ethereal-nevertheless, all full of adventure, reminding me, too, of the great joy of winter. The beauty of Obed's prose is matched perfectly by McClintock's art. Who else could make a chilly subject look so warm? It is a marvelous book."
—Chris Raschka, Caldecott Medal Winner of The Hello, Goodbye Window

"Twelve Kinds of Ice is a wonderful book. Ellen Bryan Obed's storytelling voice is magical, and with Barbara McClintock's delightful and evocative art the book creates an atmosphere as sharp and fresh as the winters of childhood and as satisfying as our happiest memories."
—Reeve Lindbergh, author of Our Nest


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The book evoked special memories for both of us.
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It takes the reader through the seasons looking at how ice affects those who love to skate and play throughout the winter months.
Michelle C. Holt
He loved it, and the illustrations are perfect for the text.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Every year the children's librarians of the New York Public Library system come together and create a list of 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing. The list, now entering its 101st year, originally had a dual purpose. On the one hand it was meant to highlight the best children's books at a time when finding books written specifically for kids was difficult in and of itself (the "100" number idea came later). On the other hand, when printed out the list was intended to serve as a Christmas shopping guide for parents looking to give away quality works of children's literature with the potential to someday be considered "classics". These days, that idea of using the list as a shopping guide has become less important, but the search for books that aim for "classic" ranks 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. Original and 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.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Nichols on February 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is the kind of book that sends librarians over the moon. The precise, poetic language, the creation of an evocative setting, the charmingly detailed black and white illustrations, all work their magic as readers sink into one family's celebration of winter and its number one glory, ice. The book is composed of a series of vignettes. From the very first ice "that came on the sheep pails in the barn--a skim of ice so thin that it broke when we touched it" to the final "dream ice that came in our sleep," ice serves one primary purpose, to create a surface firm enough for the family and their friends to skate on. And skate they do. On fields, streams, ponds, and their own homemade skating rink, they twirl and dart and glide.

Based on the Obed's memories of growing up on a six-acre farm in Maine, the book has an old-fashioned quality to it, one that McClintock's illustrations reinforce, as do the figure-skating girls and hockey-playing boys. Twelve Kinds of Ice appears on many folks' best-of-the-year lists and there are whispers that it might be nominated for a Newbery. While I can clearly see its many charms, I haven't quite fallen under the book's spell. It's just too quiet for me. I kept waiting for a nasty spill on the ice to happen. I know, I know, but that's me. Other, less bloodthirsty readers should curl up beside a fire and read this low-key yet ultimately appealing book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mama Maestra on January 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading this book with my two daughters (aged 11 & 13). Although we have never experienced a winter with ice and snow, we all connected with this beautifully written book that reads like poetry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Booth on December 5, 2012
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This book takes me back to the winters of my childhood with such clarity and sharp imagery.
Obed has a knack for capturing the experiences as they unfold through the seasons and the anticipation of children as they wait for the next comforting cycle of events. The illustrations are delightful and the pairing of this author and illustrator is a great creative match.

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Format: Kindle Edition
Amazing book. Read it in about 35 minutes and best of all I could see all of it in my mind, happy thoughts and memories. Wished we had done an ice rink this past winter, but its on the list for next winter for sure!
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By Michelle C. Holt on December 22, 2013
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This is a lovely little treasure of a book! It takes the reader through the seasons looking at how ice affects those who love to skate and play throughout the winter months. It's a quick read with vintage-style illustrations that help transport you back in to a simple time when video games were not an option.
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By Jen L on March 26, 2013
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I bought this book for my father for Christmas. He taught me how to skate and in my childhood we often went skating on ponds, rivers and lakes on perfect ice days when our skates would "spit silver" (as described in the book). The book evoked special memories for both of us.
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Format: Hardcover
We are *always* searching for just this: a perfect book of childhood, a book which perfectly records perfect memories of perfect fun. We all know that real life is... well, real. But children need to read about, and to vicariously live, such wonder-filled days and nights of family togetherness and delight. Thank you, Ms. Obed, for a book of love and happiness, and thank you, Ms. McClintock, for such brilliant illustrations. You two are a winning match-up.
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