Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed is a nostalgic look at a New England winter through the eyes of a young skater.
the first hint of ice on the water pail in the barn, through the last
freeze in the spring, this book follows a family and their group of
friends as they create an ice rink in their garden, complete with figure
skating, ice hokey, and even a special performance near the end of the
season. The descriptions are vivid and the prose is lovely, and the
accompanying illustrations by Barbara McClintock complete the story
nicely. The chapters are more vignettes than stories, and characters are
not distinguished individually. On one hand, this allows readers to
insert themselves in the group of enthusiastic skaters, but readers
looking for something with more of a narrative thrust will be
disappointed. Ultimately, this book is more likely to appeal to
nostalgic adults than to children.
(Reviewed from a copy borrowed through my library system.)