Skating Wild on an Inland Sea
Jean E. Pendziwol
Illustrated by Todd Stewart
It’s rare to find a children’s book in prose as captivating as this. Author Jean E. Pendziwol weaves the scenes with a poet’s loom: “A pair of ravens croak at the / top of a pine, / and chick-a-dee-dee-dees / greet us from the branches of birch and alder. / A blue jay scolds— / thief thief thief! / We laugh and tell him / we’ve only come to steal / this moment— / turquoise ice, / the wind, / a memory.”
The illustrations are as attractive as the writing style. Stewart’s hand captures the stark beauty of a winter’s morning and the hushed majesty of rising light. To look at this book is to feel the sting of winter in your lungs and the wet kiss of condensation collecting in a scarf.
Skating Wild on an Inland Sea is a perfect book for fall, as readers young and old settle into the quiet mood of winter and look forward to the thrill of skating.mRb