Omar on Ice

Omar on Ice

by Maryann Kovalski
     
 

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Omar loves drawing pictures and wishes he could be as good at it as his classmate Elsie. But his teacher, Ms. Fudge, can never figure out what Omar's pictures are- no matter how hard she tries.

When the whole class goes ice-skating, however, Omar's true talent emerges. He shows Elsie how he can glide and whirl and spin.

After all, it's easy when you don't worry

Overview

Omar loves drawing pictures and wishes he could be as good at it as his classmate Elsie. But his teacher, Ms. Fudge, can never figure out what Omar's pictures are- no matter how hard she tries.

When the whole class goes ice-skating, however, Omar's true talent emerges. He shows Elsie how he can glide and whirl and spin.

After all, it's easy when you don't worry and just have fun. And the whole class discovers with Omar that there is more than one way to draw pictures.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Omar on Ice has a wintry backdrop. But the story and artwork are as warm as a winter sweater . . . a nice choice for little ones from 3 to 7, who might be struggling with new skills."

- The Detroit Free Press

"Kovalski's portly, endearing bear spins through a beautifully light, snowy landscape as he learns to accept his own talents. The whole book has a cozy, comfortable feel, with its soft edges, well-meaning young bears and Omar's good-natured smile."

- Deirdre Baker, The Toronto Star, Toronto, Ontario

"Omar is a small brown bear, instantly appealing as drawn by Maryann Kovalski -- and that's even before he begins to speak. He begins to speak in Ms. Fudge's art class. Ms. Fudge is the large brown bear wearing a dangling gold earring -- by these little details is Kovalski known and much admired."

- Susan Perren, The Globe and Mail

" . . . a charming story. Omar learns that, not only should he take joy in the things he does do well, he finds that he can even achieve his heart's desire if only he doesn't spend too much time worrying about it."

- January Magazine

Children's Literature - Joni Lucas
Omar dreams of being a great artist, but his teacher Ms. Fudge can't make out what any of his pictures are supposed to be. Frustrated by what he perceives as a lack of talent, Omar decides not go skating that day. His friends urge him to take to the ice, for he is considered the best skater in the class. Omar tells his friends that skating is easy when you have fun and don't worry about it. He begins to skate, and soon Omar is having so much fun he forgets all about being a bad artist. When he stops skating, the children see all the beautiful ice pictures Omar drew on the ice with his skates. Omar is an artist, after all! This engaging story can be used to help children see they have many talents and that there are many different ways to fulfill your dreams.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550417838
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
07/05/2002
Series:
First Flight Series
Edition description:
1ST PBK
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
6 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Maryann Kovalski, one of Canada's most beloved children's writers/illustrators, has received many honours, including the Governor General's Award shortlist, a CLA Notable, a Parent's Choice Illustrator's Honour, and two nominations for the Mr. Christie's Book Award.

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