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Sometimes doing something you love is its own reward, as Eileen Spinelli's unusual story ...
Sometimes doing something you love is its own reward, as Eileen Spinelli's unusual story demonstrates. Anne Kennedy's exuberant art shows a unique heroine in motion.
Spinelli's sweet if a bit old-fashioned story follows the big passion of a little cat who loves to ice skate. Callie practices day and night and often daydreams about skating when she is doing other things. She works hard, unable to identify the "melting sweetness" she feels every time she hits the ice. Her friends convince her to sign up for a contest, telling her she would be a "banana" if she refused to enter. Callie concedes, and begins to focus her efforts on winning. The book ends with her performance in the event (she skates well but does not win) and her rather mature revelation that the happy feelings she gets from doing what she loves are more important than any prize. Kennedy's charmingly personified animals and icy landscapes pair nicely with the warmhearted wintertime story line. This would be an ideal read-aloud for Brownie troops or other all-girl activity groups as the subjects addressed tend to be feminized. Not a necessity, but a solid additional purchase.
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