Callie Cat, Ice Skater
Illustrated by: Anne Kennedy
Published by: Albert Whitman & Company, in Illinois USA2007
Age: 5years and up.
Theme: Joy, Friendship,
First Lines: Winter was Callie’s favourite season. In winter she would go ice skating. Callie loved ice skating. She loved it more than chocolate cake. More than her fuzzy red sweater. Even more than going to the mall.
Synopsis: (jacket flap) Day and night, Callie Cat ice skates on the pond in her backyard. She loves to ice skate, loves it more than chocolate cake, more than going to the mall – more than her friends can understand. That is, until the Honeybrook Ice Rink announces a contest, and everyone thinks it could be Callie’s big chance! Now Callie practices day and night. She wants to win the big prize… doesn’t she?
Sometimes doing something you love is its own reward, as Eileen Spinelli’s beautiful story demonstrates. Anne Kennedy’s exuberant art shows a unique heroine in motion.
Why I like it: When I first saw this book on the shelf , picked it up and flicked through the pages, it reminded me very much of a writing friends e-book. Gorgeous illustrations, snow and a competition. While hers was about friendship and that even if your little, you can accomplish anything. This story was about regardless of whether you win or lose, it’s about enjoyment. So even if you lose, you still really win. Because the prize is in doing what you enjoy. So when all her friends thought she would win, it didn’t really matter to Callie when she didn’t.
A beautiful story I thought I would share, since those of you in the northern hemisphere are still weathering the white fluffy stuff. Keep warm.
Resources/Findings: I didn’t find any resources with this story, but did come across a website about behaviours and teaching kids about winning and losing. http://www.kidpointz.com/parenting-articles/tweens-teens/extracurricular-activities/view/winning-losing-teach-kids
Here’s a how to teach pre-schoolers to ice skate…. Other links also available here…. http://preschooler.thebump.com/teach-young-children-ice-skate-5221.html
Here is a link to listen to the story…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Me7C1PXajH8