Callie Cat, Ice Skater

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 2
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.

Kirkus Reviews
Callie lives for winter and skating. While friends beg her to play games or make necklaces, she prefers to skate during the day, by moonlight and whenever she can. But then her friends learn about the Honeybrook Ice Skating Contest. Prizes include a free pass to the ice rink, clothes and a limo ride; her friend Liza tells her she'd be a "banana" not to enter. Callie arrives for the contest with friends and parents who tell her good luck and do your best. Watercolor and pen show the spins, the details and expressions of all types of animals. Hues are as bright, fresh and cool as a frozen pond in winter. Callie's friends cheer and her parents are proud of her, but Callie discovers what the "melting sweetness" of skating and skating alone brings to her. The text makes her understanding of the experience a page turner to the very end. A rare gem of a lesson in today's competitive, award-seeking society. (Picture book. 4-6)
Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
Callie loves winter, because the pond near her house freezes over and she can skate day and night. Skating is her favorite activity in the world, though her friends Liza and May would rather play games or do crafts. When they learn about the Honeybrook Ice Skating Contest and all of the fabulous prizes the winner will receive, they team up to coach Callie so she can enter the contest and win. Callie practices for weeks, and on the day of the contest, she watches contestant after contestant succumb to nerves or make mistakes in their routines. Callie skates well, yet does not win the contest. Her friends are sure she must feel awful, but Callie does not really care. The next day when she returns to the pond to skate, she feels the one thing that had been missing during those long weeks of practice for the contest: joy. Frequent collaborators Spinelli and Kennedy team up for a story that speaks to much-needed lesson: it is okay to do something just because it brings happiness. The process is what is important, not winning or being the best, but simply enjoying an activity for its own sake. This sweet picture book, with its engaging illustrations and gentle tone makes an appealing read-aloud for library storytime, especially during the winter months when snowflakes and hot cocoa abound. Though the characters are all girls, because they are drawn as animals the universal theme of the story should appeal to all children. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621278726
  • Publisher: Av2 by Weigl
  • Publication date: 9/28/2013
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Eileen Spinelli

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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