A is for Axel: An Ice Skating Alphabet

A is for Axel: An Ice Skating Alphabet

by Kurt Browning, Melanie Rose
     
 

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Four-time World Champion and professional figure skater Kurt Browning replaces his boots and blades with pen and paper in A is for Axel: An Ice Skating Alphabet. From holding an edge to laces and hooks, Kurt glides and dances through the alphabet explaining the history, techniques, and memorable moments of the sport. Spirited illustrator Melanie Rose captures the… See more details below

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Four-time World Champion and professional figure skater Kurt Browning replaces his boots and blades with pen and paper in A is for Axel: An Ice Skating Alphabet. From holding an edge to laces and hooks, Kurt glides and dances through the alphabet explaining the history, techniques, and memorable moments of the sport. Spirited illustrator Melanie Rose captures the excitement visually with her colorful, playful illustrations. With the Winter Olympics spinning our way in 2006, this book will have fans young and old dreaming of gold. Author Kurt Browning is known for his fluid movement and confidence on the ice. A four-time world champion, Kurt is the first figure skater to be named as Canada's outstanding male athlete. He presently skates professionally with Stars on Ice and lives in Toronto, Ontario with his wife and son. Illustrator Melanie Rose's charming and lively oil paintings have graced the pages of several Sleeping Bear Press titles including Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet; H is for Homerun: A Baseball Alphabet; and W is for Wind: A Weather Alphabet. She makes her home in Mississauga, Canada, with her son Liam and their two cats, Mickey and Meesha.

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Children's Literature
Winter Olympics or no winter Olympics, some children are drawn to that glistening, icy surface and just love to ice skate! For those who would like to learn a little more about this exhilarating sport, this alphabet book can satisfy such curiosity. A short poem and a beautiful oil painting illustration pertaining to a specific topic highlight each letter of the alphabet. In-depth technical definitions and explanations, historical tie-ins, and other fun facts follow. The letter "I", for example, discusses how the quality of the ice can make even the most exceptional skater suffer problems. The letter "Z" gives the ever-popular Zamboni (which was invented in 1949) the spotlight, emphasizing the crucial role it plays in resurfacing the ice. Completely enjoyable as a picture book for youngsters as well as serving as an informative resource book for older kids, this book is a winner. The author is a four-time ice skating world champion and is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the first person to complete a quadruple jump in competition. Highly recommended. 2006, Sleeping Bear Press, Ages 4 to 10.
—Cindy L. Carolan
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-The popular and successful Canadian figure skater gives readers a great deal of information about skating technique and equipment. As an alphabet book, it works reasonably well with the exception of a few weak word choices (e.g., "N is for Needs more practice...And Never give up-." and "Y is for You." There's a typo for the letter "Q": "The rink becomes a blur,/your spinning now don't quit." The colorful, realistic oil paintings are the book's best feature. The reading level varies as this is almost two books in one. The rhyming text giving the alphabet is appropriate for K-3 level, while the majority of the text in the sidebars is about a grade three and up reading level in rather small type. Add this to your collection as an "extra" purchase for your skating fans, not as a first choice. Or you may prefer Naia Bray-Moffatt's Ice Skating School (DK, 2004) or Debbi Wilkes's The Figure Skating Book (Firefly, 2000).-Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781133694090
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
08/02/2011
Series:
Sports Alphabet
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
1,173,285
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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