A is for Axel: An Ice Skating Alphabet

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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 ...
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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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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: 9781585362806
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Series: Sports Alphabet
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 616,012
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 1.25 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2006

    My kids love it!!

    I picked up a copy today at my local B & N store. As soon as my little skaters (7 & 10) saw the book, they screamed, and read it before we got home from the bus! Delightful !! I actually bought all four copies the store had in stock, as we have a local figure skating competition this weekend, and I know other families will want it !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Ice 2

    I frowned a bit. "I kinda wanted to congradulate the boys," I said. Mom looked over to them. "I don't think you'll be able to," mom pointed to the huge crowd swarming them. "Hey look! It is Sarah! She got first place!" Cried a woman. I felt half the crowd turn to me. "Time to go," mom said, hurrying me and Kaoru toward the door. We burst into the autumn light, and were greeted by another crowd. I was blinded by the flashing of cameras. Mom got pulled away as the people surged around me. "How do you feel about this victory?" "How did Momoka act after your victory?" "What are your plans for the future?" I was pressed against the white brick wall. "I-I don't know!" I shouted, trying to keep some space between me and the paparazzi. "Sarah!" Mom called out to me. She was trying to get to me, but she had to push into the crowd. "Help!" Kaoru shouted, arms flailing from a circle of photographers. I squeezed my eyes shut, pushing out the sounds of the questions. I heard a car screech up to the building and I opened my eyes. It was a police car, and two men got out and started shouting and parting the crowd. "Sorry about that, ma'am," one of the guards said. The people moved away from me quickly, scattering like mice from hungry cats. I let out a breath, no longer feeling constricted. "Sarah!" Mom cried, running over and checking me out. "That was scary," Kaoru said, dusting herself off. I nodded, still petrified. "Hey, Sarah," a voice murmured from behind. I turned to see Sergio by the doors. "I'll get the car. Be out in the parking lot in five minutes," mom whispered. Kaoru followed her mom to their car. She made a phone symbol and waved it by here ear. I nodded and went over to meet Sergio. "You were really great out there," he smiled and my face grew warm. "You too! I mean, you placed first also!" I protested. "Yeah, I guess the bad thing is the crowd afterwards, though," he shrugged. Sudden realization made me widen my eyes. "Wait...did you...call the police to help me?" I asked him. He shrugged. "Sure, looked like you needed help," he gave me a half smile. "Oh...thanks for that," I said slowly. A car horn beeped and I jumped. "I got to go," I said apologetically. "I'll see you later?" He asked. I nodded. "You can count on it," I replied with a smile of my own. Then I ran for the parking lot and got into mom's pilot. Listening to the American song, Dark Side, I pulled out my cell phone. I had decorated the cover with a hello kitty jewel pattern. The ring tone went off as I dialed Kaori's number, filling the car with the noise of Lady Gaga's Paparazzi, how ironic. "Hey, Kaoru," I answered the phone. "Give. Me. The. Scoop," She demanded. "Well, it turns out that Sergio called the police," I informed her. I heard Kaoru squealed. "That is so sweet! You were like, the damsel in distress!" My face turned pink. "That is going a little too far," I whispered into the phone. "Sorry," She whispered back with a giggle. "What else?" "We just congradulated eachother on a good job," I finished. Kaoru sighed dramatically. "You know, you too would make such a cute couple," she informed me. "Shut up!" I whisper shouted. Mom gave me a funny look and I chuckled and then turned to the window. "Haha, sorry, got to go. We'rd heading out for dinner." I rolled my eyes. "Don't eat to much, or you'll never catch up to me in skating! Bye," I teased. "Hey, be nice. See ya!" She laughed.

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