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Children's Fiction Ice Skating

Skating Wild on an Inland Sea

by (author) Jean E. Pendziwol

illustrated by Todd Stewart

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Oct 2023
Ice Skating, Stories in Verse, General
Recommended Age
3 to 6
Recommended Grade
p to 1
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2023
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Oct 2023
    List Price

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Let’s go! Experience the magic of skating on wild ice.

Two children wake up to hear the lake singing, then the wind begins wailing … or is it a wolf? They bundle up and venture out into the cold, carrying their skates. On the snow-covered shore, they spot tracks made by fox, deer, hare, mink, otter … and the wolf! In the bay, the ice is thick and smooth. They lace up their skates, step onto the ice, stroking and gliding, and the great lake sings again.

In her signature poetic style, Jean E. Pendziwol describes the exhilarating experience of skating on the wild ice of Lake Superior, including the haunting singing that occurs as the ice expands and contracts. Accompanied by Todd Stewart’s breathtaking illustrations, this book will make us all long to skate wild!


Key Text Features



Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:


Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

About the authors

Jean E. Pendziwol has published several highly acclaimed picture books, including Once Upon a Northern Night, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. She is also the author of Marja’s Skis, illustrated by Jirina Marton, and The Red Sash and Dawn Watch, illustrated by Nicolas Debon. Jean’s debut adult novel, The Lightkeeper’s Daughters, will be published in 2017 in more than ten languages. Jean finds inspiration in the rich history, culture and geography of Northwestern Ontario where she lives in the shadow of the Nor’Wester Mountains near Lake Superior.

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TODD STEWART is an illustrator and a self-taught screen printer in Montreal, Quebec. Trained as a landscape architect and urban planner, his images are culled from experience and surroundings, and reflect a search for meaning in new and familiar places. The Wind and the Trees is his first book as both author and illustrator. He is also the illustrator of Flow, Spin, Grow and See You Next Year.


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Editorial Reviews

Pendziwol’s lyrical prose hums harmoniously with Stewart’s textured landscape screen printing, immersing readers into a wintry wonderland of a reading experience … This breathtaking picture book will capture the beating hearts of explorers and ice skaters with a wondrous surprise at the end.

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

It’s rare to find a children’s book in prose as captivating as this … 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.

Montreal Review of Books

Pendziwol writes evocatively about the immense and imposing lake and the sounds the ice makes vibrating under the children’s feet as they skate … [Stewart's] technique of drawing digitally, editing in Photoshop, and adding textures with scanned screens gives the book a vibrant and often majestic feel.

Horn Book

Skating Wild on an Inland Sea reminds readers to see the extraordinary in a simple, everyday event. Nature, its beauty, and its creatures are all around us.

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Striking, light- and shadow-filled winter landscapes by Stewart accompany evocative prose poetry by Pendziwol in this engrossing picture book. STARRED REVIEW

Publishers Weekly

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