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This Is Figure Skating

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In this playful introduction to the world's most rapidly growing sport, very young children learn about figure skating. From boot, lace, and skate to figure eights and serpentines, preschoolers will experience the thrill of the ice as two skaters spend a fun-filled (and sometimes bumpy) day at the rink.

Margaret Blackstone's pithy, declarative sentences, and John O'Brien's bright, happy illustrations will score a winning "Six" with aspiring ...

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Overview

In this playful introduction to the world's most rapidly growing sport, very young children learn about figure skating. From boot, lace, and skate to figure eights and serpentines, preschoolers will experience the thrill of the ice as two skaters spend a fun-filled (and sometimes bumpy) day at the rink.

Margaret Blackstone's pithy, declarative sentences, and John O'Brien's bright, happy illustrations will score a winning "Six" with aspiring young figure skaters.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Wendy Pollock-Gilson
Introduce young children to the moves of figure skating including spins, serpentines, jumps, and flips. This simple hardback picture book is illustrated with humorous drawings of each move and ends with a girl dreaming of skating in the Olympics. Beginning skaters and their parents will appreciate the clear figure skating definitions and illustrations.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-This informational picture book presents beginning terminology and conveys the excitement and challenges of this popular sport. Zany colored-ink drawings are full of motion, first depicting parts of the skate, then an individual in action on the ice, and then a double-page spread of a rink full of skaters of all descriptions and styles. Various patterns are shown, such as circles, lines, figure eights, and serpentines. The movements of a loop and a double lutz are shown by a series of blue shadow figures; there is also a failed jump, acknowledging the reality of falls. At the end of the day, a tired but happy skater can't get the invigorating feeling of cold and motion out of her head: she dreams of skating, and skating, and being the best. A simple book that captures the grace, difficulty, and joys of this athletic endeavor.-Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805037067
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.32 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Blackstone was a competitive figure skater until she was fourteen, but she never did land a triple flip. Ms. Blackstone is the author of This Is Baseball, illustrated by John O' Brien, which was named an American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists." She lives in New York City with her son.

John O' Brien is the illustrator of This Is Baseball by Margaret Blackstone, and many other books for children. Mr. O'Brien's cartoons are regularly featured in The New Yorker. He lives in Delran, New Jersey.

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