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.
Kristen FreyCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Callie Cat, Ice Skaterby Eileen Spinelli, Anne Kennedy
Day and night, Callie Cat ice skates on the pond in her backyard. She loves to ice skate, loves it more than chocolate cake, more than going to the mall-more than her friends can understand. That is, until the Honeybrook Ice Rink announces a contest, and everyone thinks it could be Callie's big chance! Now Callie practices day and night. She wants to win the big prize...doesn't she?
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.
"A rare gem of a lesson in today's competitive, award-seeking society." Kirkus Reviews
"A rewarding picture book, from the appealing jacket art and the gently delivered message to the well-chosen last word." Booklist
"This would be an ideal read-aloud for Brownie troops or other all-girl activity groups." School Library Journal
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- Age Range:
- 4 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
Eileen Spinelli is the author of many books for young readers including Peace Week in Miss Fox's Class and Miss Fox's Class Goes Green. Eileen and her husband, author Jerry Spinelli, live in Wayne, Pennsylvania.
Anne Kennedy has been illustrating children's books for twenty-eight years. Her books include When Posey Peeked at Christmas and Peace Week in Miss Fox's Class. Anne and her husband, Jack, live in Ohio.
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