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The temperature outside is 20 below zero. Is school cancelled? Nope. How about recess outside? No way!  Learn from the kids point of view about what it is like playing during recess when it is really cold,,, how it sounds outside, how it tastes outside, how it looks, and even how it smells when the therometer says it's 20 below. What happens when you put on layer after layer of clothing to avoid frostbite and then hit the playground? Did you see the tiny ice crystals in the air and hear your boots make a ...

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The temperature outside is 20 below zero. Is school cancelled? Nope. How about recess outside? No way!  Learn from the kids point of view about what it is like playing during recess when it is really cold,,, how it sounds outside, how it tastes outside, how it looks, and even how it smells when the therometer says it's 20 below. What happens when you put on layer after layer of clothing to avoid frostbite and then hit the playground? Did you see the tiny ice crystals in the air and hear your boots make a loud crunch, crunch, crunch sound when you walked?  Pictures and words in 32 pages make have made this book  popular all over North America because all the kids want to know what happens at 20 below zero

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Through minimal text, a girl describes dressing for and enjoying recess in Alaska, even when "it is 20 degrees below zero." Colorful, clear photographs, many framed against pastel backgrounds imprinted with snowflakes, show the various items of clothing the children put on and their playground activities, such as sledding, making forts, and playing soccer or football. Telling pictures feature frozen eyelashes, hair, and eyebrows, as well as the mounds of clothing when recess is over. The only thing that stops these students from going outside for a break from their studies is a temperature lower than 20 below or a random moose.-Cassandra A. Lopez, Northfield Elementary School, Ellicott City, MD Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Just how cold is too cold for recess in Alaska? Answer: if it’s colder than 20 below zero. And how cold is 20 below? Well, cold enough for your nose to dry out, your tongue to instantly freeze on metal, and your breath to collect on your eyelashes and hair and freeze into a mysterious, delicate ice shield. Each page of this homage to outside play under extraordinary conditions is sure to elicit a gasp of surprise and delight from children who rarely experience the snow and cold as the children in Delta Junction, Alaska, do. Humorous photos tell the story here: students walking in the dark to school, every inch of their bodies covered with mittens, boots, parkas, balaclavas, and snow pants; children sledding down the mountain of snow on the playground that grows each time the parking lot snow is cleared. Aillaud’s straightforward text misses no interesting detail, from the presence of a dangerous moose (no one’s allowed out that day), to the scant three hours between sunrise and sunset, to the snow tunnels that warm the frozen revelers. Bundle up . . . but don’t forget to go to the bathroom before you put on all those layers!—HORN BOOK REVIEW

Kindergarten-Grade 3–Through minimal text, a girl describes dressing for and enjoying recess in Alaska, even when it is 20 degrees below zero. Colorful, clear photographs, many framed against pastel backgrounds imprinted with snowflakes, show the various items of clothing the children put on and their playground activities, such as sledding, making forts, and playing soccer or football. Telling pictures feature frozen eyelashes, hair, and eyebrows, as well as the mounds of clothing when recess is over. The only thing that stops these students from going outside for a break from their studies is a temperature lower than 20 below or a random moose.—SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

K-Gr. 3. Aillaud, who wrote the text and took the photos here, teaches elementary physical education in Delta Junction, Alaska, a town at the end of the Alaska Highway, above the Arctic Circle. By focusing on one school activity—outdoor recess (the cut-off point for the school's outdoor recess is 20 below), she demonstrates how cold things get and how kids deal with it and still have plenty of fun. The first-person narrative, from a student's perspective, explains the arduous process of suiting up for the outdoors, then follows the kids as they sled, adapt to playground equipment buried under snow, make snow forts and tunnels, and even play soccer and football. Twenty-five color photographs capture marvelous details: snow mounds, a moose on the playground, kids whose eyelashes are weighed down by ice. Aillaud, who won a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship in 2000 and was selected as a Disney Teacher of the Year, gives a familiar school-day activity a whole new meaning in delightful, intriguing fashion.—BOOKLIST

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882406046
  • Publisher: Ingram Pub Services
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 313,272
  • Age range: 5 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Cindy Lou Aillaud has been a classroom, special education, and/or physical education teacher for 23 years.  A few of her many honors include a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship for study in Japan in 2000 and the Alaska Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the year award in 2006. She recently retired from the Delta/Greely School District in Alaska.  Ms. Aillaud continues to live in Delta Junction, AK and stays busy visiting schools all across the globe encouraging kids to write their own stories.  She is the author of Recess at 20 Below and is currently working with the American Publishing House for the Blind and Dr. Lauren Lieberman on a book about children with visual impairments and sports.

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Interviews & Essays

Cindy Lou Aillaud: There is a certain magic that happens in winter when the temperatures drop to colder than 20 below. When the thermometer shows 50 degrees BELOW zero, it’s really time for the fun to begin. Did you know that a banana can freeze hard enough to drive a nail into wood? That you can throw a cup of boiling water into the air and it vaporizes into a cloud of crystals while making a whoosh sound? That you can blow a soap bubble with a wand and the bubble will freeze like glass?
 
During our coldest winter months, kids must be concerned about safety. They have to dress warm enough so as not to get frostbite. They also must be careful of wild animals all year long. Moose can be dangerous if they feel threatened and, of course, bears are a hazard—especially if you get between a mom and her cubs! In the summer, we have to be careful to get enough sleep. Since it is light all night, it’s easy to stay up too late!

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  • Posted March 11, 2011

    Wonderful Story and Pictures

    This is a delightful bookk about school recess in Alaska. In my home town we stop going out for recess at +10. But in Alaska I'm afraid they'd never get outside if they waited for such a heatwave of occur. With only a few hour of almost daylight and a few wild animals roaming around recess becomes a challenge. The kids are still kids needing fresh air and some unstuctured physical activity so out they go until the temperature hits 20 below.

    The pictures are actual photos of the children who attend the school where the author teaches.

    I would recommend this book for any child between the ages of 5 and 10 (ages that still have school recess). I read it to my 1st graders every year and my friend and colleague reads it to her 4th graders every year. Both classes love it and ask to have it repeated - especially during indoor recess on our "super cold days" of 15 below.

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