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Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2012


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Twelve Kinds of Ice
Cover of Twelve Kinds of Ice
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Title:Twelve Kinds of Ice
Author: Ellen Bryan Obed
Illustrator: Barbara McClintock
Recommended for: Ages 8 to adult

Story and Illustrations:. Who knew there were 12 kinds of ice? This beautifully written 64-page book, with black and white pen and ink sketches sprinkled throughout, grabs the reader's attention from the beginning. The author describes how a family and the neighborhood children enjoy all the kinds of ice that come with winter, from the first sign of ice in the barn pails to field ice, stream ice, black ice, garden ice, for hockey games and ice shows, and dream ice that never melted.

With short chapters and lots of illustrations, young readers are compelled to keep reading. If they aren't that familiar with the joys of ice, they read to find out about all of the kinds of ice. For those who love winter ice, it can be a walk down memory lane, whether it is an 11 year old thinking back to the previous year's ice or an adult looking back nostalgically on their childhood. What impressed me particularly about the illustrations is their timeless quality, the way they so perfectly complement the story.

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 9780618891290
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