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A Day for Skating

Written by Sarah Sullivan and illustrated by Madeline Valentine
Published by Candlewick Press
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Goodreads Rating - 4.2 / 5.0
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What Does Bookroo Think of This Book

“Delight in the full skating experience is front-and-center in this simple book that delivers on exactly what it promises in the title, but not much else”

This celebration of winter, family and the great outdoors takes the reader on a journey through a single day of skating that stretches to include both sets of endpapers. From a father and daughter’s early arrival at a skating pond through to the appearance of the pond’s more nocturnal skating enthusiasts, the tone and coloring of the illustrations changes from vibrant morning and afternoon blues and then to purpler tones of evening and night. A host of skaters enjoy the pond throughout the day, whose ice interests (including hockey, figure skating, racing, waltzing, etc.) are as diverse as their ethnicities and groupings. While the plot and story line are minimal if not non-existent, the sense of movement in the illustrations maintains a sufficient energy level to keep this book fun while still maintaining a sense of wintery coziness. The cadence is hampered by imperfect rhyming (“Shadow lengthen. Time to stop./ Loosen laces. Skates come off”) that frustrates the read-aloud experience, but is sufficient to convey the joy of skating as well as a delightful plug for getting up when you fall.

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Publisher Summary

In a sweet rhyming tale, a young child’s first skating adventure on a frozen pond ends with a cozy bedtime story. Tap and step, then slide and turn. Whoops! Fall down. That’s how we learn. On a brisk winter’s day, the frozen pond is crisscrossed by figure skaters, hockey players, new skaters, and old pros, all gliding across the ice. It’s time to bundle up, lace your skates, and give it a try — then head inside for cocoa and snacks when your cheeks grow rosy and your toes are cold. Back at home, warm bedtime rituals make for the end of a perfect day. But when darkness falls at the pond, who will come out to skate?

What Kind of Book is A Day for Skating


Quotes from This Book

  • Tap and step, then slide and turn. *Whoops!* Fall down. That's how we learn. Couples waltz. Children race. Happy people. Happy place.

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Take a look at the endpapers. How do they add to the story?

  • Skating is a classic winter activity for some families. Have you been skating before? Do you want to try it? What are some winter activities your family enjoys together?

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Who Wrote A Day for Skating

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What Has Sarah Sullivan Said About This Book

  • A note from Sarah about A Day of Skating

    When I was a child growing up in Colorado, my dad used to take me skating on a neighborhood pond that was a short walk from our house. I still love ice-skating, indoors or out, and warming up afterward with a hot cup of tea.

    Inside jacket flap of "A Day for Skating".

What Has Madeline Valentine Said About This Book

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Sarah Sullivan's Book Dedication

To Hilary, for steering me around bumps on the ice, and for my father, who took me skating.

Madeline Valentine's Book Dedication

For my nephew Wallace (Wallum the Cutest Bean) Holofcencer.

What Do Critics Say About This Book

  • The School Library Journal

    The cadence and presentation of this story are ideally suited to bedtime reading. Short, rhyming phrases pair beautifully with the artwork…Readers of all ages will enjoy the quiet calm that descends upon them while sharing this story as they, too, wind down from a day of winter fun.

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Book Details

ISBN 10:
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Publication Date:
November 5, 2019
Text Details:
This book was typeset in Adobe Caslon Semibold.
Illustration Details:
The illustrations were created digitally and using watercolor and colored pencil.