The iciest, diciest, scariest sled ride ever!

Rebecca Rule

Book - 2012

Seven children work together to navigate their way up a steep, icy hill so that they can enjoy an exciting sled ride.

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Picture books
Published
Yarmouth, Me. : Islandport Press c2012.
Language
English
Physical Description
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm
ISBN
9781934031889
1934031887
Main Author
Rebecca Rule (-)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

When an icy crust forms over the snow, Lizzie and her friends have one thing on their minds: sledding. Lizzie persuades her Grandpa Bud to lend her the homemade sled he used as a child ("We promised not to break ourselves"), and the children make the difficult climb up a slick, crusty hill of ice. Rule and Thermes gracefully depict the exhilaration of snowy play and the wisp of anxiety that comes as they gaze down the intimidating slope. There's a nostalgic air to the book; Lizzie's story reads like one that she'll pass down to later generations, just like Grandpa Bud's stories and his sled. Ages 4–8. (Nov.) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 1–3—Lizzie and her brother want to go sledding with their friends on the first day of February vacation. The hills are too icy for their snow saucers, but Lizzie's grampa has a homemade travois sled that the children can use. They make their way to the "highest, mightiest, iciest sledding hill off Old Mountain Road," which is covered with a hard crust of ice, making it nearly impossible to climb. At last, by clinging to the trees at the edge of the field, all seven kids make it to the summit. With some trepidation, they pile onto the sled and off they go. They fly down the hill, forgetting their fear. When they reach the bottom, someone cries, "Let's do it again." And so they do. Rule sprinkles the exciting adventure with some lovely imagery ("The world was ice and we were skaters without skates" and "The wind whipped our screams and laughter like a beautiful scarf trailing wildly behind"). Her lyrical tone mirrors the picturesque charm of Thermes's watercolor illustrations. The faces of the characters alight with anticipation and the crisp, snow-covered landscapes perfectly capture the joy and freedom of a carefree childhood. Young readers will shiver with delight along with the intrepid sledders as they stare down at their town, spread out below them, so tiny and far away. Pair this old-fashioned New England adventure with Ezra Jack Keats's classic urban snapshot of winter, The Snowy Day (Viking, 1962) or Emily Arnold McCully's First Snow (HarperCollins, 2004).—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston [Page 98]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

What do seven kids do on a cold winter day when rain and sleet have created a thick crust of ice on top of the snow? It's so slick and icy that sledding seems impossible”almost. Lizzie and her friends convince her grandfather to let them try to push his old-fashioned travis sled, a long, bench-like sled on runners, uphill so they can fly downhill, down the highest, mightiest, iciest sledding hill off Old Mountain Road. New Hampshire storyteller Rebecca Rule brings her trademark wry sense of New England humor to this delightful tale of a wild sled ride. Connecticut artist Jennifer Thermes's beautiful watercolors are so full of motion, you'll be holding on to your hats and scarves for this one.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Seven children work together to navigate their way up a steep, icy hill so that they can enjoy an exciting sled ride.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

What do seven kids do on a cold winter day when rain and sleet have created a thick crust of ice on top of the snow? It's so slick and icy that sledding seems impossible”almost. Lizzie and her friends convince her grandfather to let them try to push his old-fashioned travis sled, a long, bench-like sled on runners, uphill so they can fly downhill, down the highest, mightiest, iciest sledding hill off Old Mountain Road. New Hampshire storyteller Rebecca Rule brings her trademark wry sense of New England humor to this delightful tale of a wild sled ride. Connecticut artist Jennifer Thermes's beautiful watercolors are so full of motion, you'll be holding on to your hats and scarves for this one.