The joys of ice skating are emphasized in the brief text and color photographs of this book, which introduces beginning readers to skating basics. Smiling skaters—children and adults representing both genders and several ethnicities—are pictured gliding across indoor or outdoor rinks and, in one illustration, sliding along the edge of a frozen pond. Although skating is frequently an individual sport, pairs and groups of skaters are featured. Friendship, family, and fun are stressed, with skaters holding hands and laughing as they skim across the ice. The text explains the structure of ice skates, tells how skaters control movements on ice, and highlights safety mainly as wearing warm clothing; protecting hands, feet, and faces; and listening to coaches. The perils of skating are absent with no falls or collisions pictured. Although two female skaters wear fancy costumes and a coach instructs another skater, this book does not describe ice skating sports, such as figure skating, dancing, racing, or hockey. Equipment related to maintaining rinks, such as zambonis, is not pictured. A glossary explains five words to expand readers' vocabulary. The bibliography suggests three books suitable for novice readers. Useful for introducing this activity to young readers intrigued by skating. Pair this nonfiction book with the Holly Keller's picture book, Pearl's New Skates (2005), or Jill Krementz's photographic portrayal, A Very Young Skater (1979). Part of the "Pebble Plus" series.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-These titles are visually inviting and well written, with a limited word count that doesn't shortchange readers on vocabulary. DeGezelle offers an appealing look at snowboarding. This text consists of a mere 90 well-chosen words. Ice-Skate! introduces readers to the joy of skating, both indoors and out. However, the Web sites listed are about all winter sports, and they are not geared toward the intended audience. Both books offer full-color, full-page action shots of youngsters engaged in the sports described. These titles are more appealing than Edana Eckart's books on the same sports (Children's Press) and are for a younger audience than the "Action Sports" series (Chelsea House).-Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.