Day for Skating
by Sullivan, Sarah; Valentine, Madeline (ILT)






Joining other children on the frozen pond for a day of skating, a child enjoys outdoor fun before returning home, while mysterious friends go skating in the night.





Sarah Sullivan is the author of the picture books Dear Baby: Letters from Your Big Brother, illustrated by Paul Meisel, and Passing the Music Down, illustrated by Barry Root, as well as the novel All That&;s Missing. Sarah Sullivan has an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College and lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Madeline Valentine is the author-illustrator of I Want That Nut and the illustrator of Little Red Henry by Linda Urban. She lives in Queens, New York, with her son and husband.





A child and their parent enjoy a wintry skating outing while other skaters of varying degrees of ability and expertise surround them. When the child takes a few skating steps, slides, turns, and promptly falls, the parent moves in to help and gently assure that falling is part of learning. A break taken in the snack-bar hut provides warmth, hot cocoa, and sandwiches. Later, another whirl around the pond together comes to a close with skates coming off and a ride home to a bath and cozy bedtime routine. The lively, brief rhyming text outlines the story's sequence as it depicts the adjoining scenes. "Good friends gliding in a row. / Holding on and letting go. // Hockey sticks go clatter-clack. / Figure skaters stay on track. // Couples waltz. Children race / Happy people. Happy place." Lovely drawings with simple details, done digitally and using watercolors and colored pencil, move the verse from a brisk, snow-covered day scene to the deeper purple hues of a winter dusk and a final, deeper blue when nighttime creatures enjoy the frozen pond. Though the protagonist and parent present white, multiracial repres entation is evident throughout the skating community. This winter sports portrayal is a fine and attractive addition to the season's preschool collection. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright Kirkus 2019 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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