Twelve Kinds Of Ice


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, ...

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Twelve short stories combine for one heart-warming book meant to be shared as a family. This is a book bound to stir up warm memories and nudge you to create new ones.

Content Awareness Factors:

This could be a book that appeals more to adults than kids.

Little Kid Reaction

12 Kinds of Ice is creative, imaginative, and well written. It doesn't focus on the ice. It focuses on the girl and all the special moments she had with family and friends. I would call it Twelve Kinds of Happiness because it fills you with all the happy memories you experience in winter. The illustrations are great and add even more charm to the book. Last but not least, I love the fluidity. At the end of each chapter Obed leaves an unfinished sentence to allow the reader to think about the various possibilities how the sentence would have ended and how the story would progress. This is a great addition to the book as it immerses you even more into Obed's well crafted winter wonderland. Even though this book is aimed for readers 8 to 11 years old, I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good book to read. Twelve Kinds of Ice is a great book full of emotions and a great experience.

Parent Reaction

This is a perfect cuddle-up read to share over a cup of cocoa. It is a special little book with vivid imagery and a very personal feel. I felt like the author had invited me to her winters in Maine. Because of the complexity of the stories but simplicity of the text, this is a great choice for high interest / low readability audiences, too.

Type of Book:
This is a set of short, personal stories about winters in Maine.
Educational Themes:

Each story builds on the previous one and offers a chronological look at winter and how it progresses. It is also a great way to to talk about family, traditions, and different ways of presenting biography.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 and Up
Age of child:
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Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. It would be an excellent gift for a transitional reader (perfectly sized) or an adult who loves winter, short stories, and biographies.

Title Twelve Kinds of Ice
Author Ellen Bryan Obed
Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers © 2012
Illustrators Barbara McClintock
ISBN 9780618891290
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Family, Biography, Short Stories, Seasons
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