Skating Wild on an Inland Sea
Published by: Groundwood Books Ltd
Imprint: Groundwood Books
Sales Date: 2023-10-03
Published: October 2023
Imprint: Groundwood Books
Page Count: 32 Pages
Illustrations: Full color throughout
Dimensions: 9.70 x 11.70
32 Pages, 9.70 x 11.70 x 0.50 in, Full color throughout
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Let’s go! Experience the magic of skating on wild ice.
Two children wake up to hear the lake singing, then the wind begins wailing … or is it a wolf? They bundle up and venture out into the cold, carrying their skates. On the snow-covered shore, they spot tracks made by fox, deer, hare, mink, otter … and the wolf! In the bay, the ice is thick and smooth. They lace up their skates, step onto the ice, stroking and gliding, and the great lake sings again.
In her signature poetic style, Jean E. Pendziwol describes the exhilarating experience of skating on the wild ice of Lake Superior, including the haunting singing that occurs as the ice expands and contracts. Accompanied by Todd Stewart’s breathtaking illustrations, this book will make us all long to skate wild!
Key Text Features
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
Striking, light- and shadow-filled winter landscapes by Stewart accompany evocative prose poetry by Pendziwol in this engrossing picture book. STARRED REVIEWPublishers Weekly
Pendziwol writes evocatively about the immense and imposing lake and the sounds the ice makes vibrating under the children’s feet as they skate … [Stewart's] technique of drawing digitally, editing in Photoshop, and adding textures with scanned screens gives the book a vibrant and often majestic feel.Horn Book
Pendziwol’s lyrical prose hums harmoniously with Stewart’s textured landscape screen printing, immersing readers into a wintry wonderland of a reading experience … This breathtaking picture book will capture the beating hearts of explorers and ice skaters with a wondrous surprise at the end.Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
A beautiful winter adventure … The illustrations in the book are different and simple yet radiant.Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
A poetical celebration of skating on Lake Superior.Globe and Mail
Captures the joys of the winter season.Montreal Gazette
An astonishing, poetic picture book ... Inspiring shivers from the splendour of the cold, the book shines a light on the wonders of winter.Quill & Quire
It’s rare to find a children’s book in prose as captivating as this … The illustrations are as attractive as the writing style. Stewart’s hand captures the stark beauty of a winter’s morning and the hushed majesty of rising light. To look at this book is to feel the sting of winter in your lungs and the wet kiss of condensation collecting in a scarf.Montreal Review of Books
Skating Wild on an Inland Sea reminds readers to see the extraordinary in a simple, everyday event. Nature, its beauty, and its creatures are all around us.CM: Canadian Review of Materials