And magic once again flows from the pencil and imagination of internationally acclaimed artist Suzy Lee. With the lightest of touches, this masterwork blurs the lines between real and imagined, reminding us why Lee’s books have been lauded around the world, recognized on New York Times Best Illustrated Books lists and nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international honor given to children’s book creators. This seemingly simple story about a young skater on a frozen pond will charm the youngest of readers while simultaneously astounding book enthusiasts of any age.
This is such a beautiful picture book that allows the reader to explore the story in their own way. Using simple pencil illustrations, the artist leads the reader from page to page as a lone skater swoops and twirls across the page on skates.
Eventually the skater stumbles and falls and the next page reveals a crumpled piece of paper. Then the paper is flattened out revealing the skater, alone on the wrinkled background until we reveal the next page and find another skater and then another and another until the pages are filled with skaters on a pond.
This is a fun picture book that kids will enjoy reading all year long.
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