Exactly one day from today, we will learn which books get to wear brand new shiny medals. I am very excited for the announcements, but still have several books I want to read in the next week in an effort to have at least read the winner and honor books. One of those books was the book for today: Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed.
Twelve Kinds of Ice is both simple and beautiful at the same time. This
is a small book that focuses on the different types of ice that develop
with the colder temperatures through the duration of the winter. It
made me so happy because of the gorgeous language and the way it harkens
back to a simpler time where the formation of ice brings so many joys
and activities. These aren't children who come home, only to then be
engaged in many extracurricular activities or children who spend hours
in front of a television or a computer. Rather, the children in this
book can't wait to get home from school and engage in outdoor pursuits,
all revolving around the twelve different types of ice. The simple text, beautiful language,
and amazing illustrations by Barbara McClintock make for a delightful read!