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Ice (Stories Without Words) Hardcover – March 29, 2011
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"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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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.Read more ›