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Children's LiteratureWinter 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