By Suzy Lee
40 pages – ages 2+
Published by Chronicle Books September 5, 2017
Theme/Topic- Perseverance / mistakes
Genre- Fiction/Ice Skating
Opening and Synopsis- Opening:
Publisher’s Synopsis: It starts with a line. Whether made by the tip of a pencil
or the blade of a skate, the magic starts there.
And magic once again flows from the pencil and imagination of internationally acclaimed artist Suzy Lee. With the lightest of touches, this masterwork blurs the lines between real and imagined, reminding us why Lee’s books have been lauded around the world, recognized on New York Times Best Illustrated Books lists and nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international honor given to children’s book creators. This seemingly simple story about a young skater on a frozen pond will charm the youngest of readers while simultaneously astounding book enthusiasts of any age.
What I Thought- Lee’s wonderful book was absolutely breathtaking – she puts so much emotion into her pages that you can feel the joy of simple figure skating and horror of slipping and breaking that rhythm. The main character spends most of the book alone, in a world to herself as she skates over the sparsely colored pages, until her concentration is broken and she realizes that there are others to share in her love of winter fun. The story ends with a simple scenario that, to me, communicates many things. It can mean that you don’t need to be perfect or alone to have fun, or that sometimes you need to mess up to be better off – they’re all subtle meanings, but they are there if you want to discuss them with your child. I believe that kids will love to flip through the pages as they pore over the skating lines, being creative and making their own connections to the story.
Activities and Resources- I found a very cute ice skating craft over at Confessions of a Homeschooler – click HERE!
Check out the Olympic Figure Skating page HERE
There is a cute ice skate craft over at Children’s Learning Activities that involves developing fine motor skills with lacing – click HERE