Today’s my first ice skating class. I’ll fly through the air, land on one foot, and spin so fast you can’t see me!
Claire can’t wait to get out on the ice and skate, skate, skate! She’s going to jump, leap, and twirl! Just you wait—pretty soon she’ll be on TV and dazzling audiences everywhere. But when Claire and her mom arrive at the Ice Center for Claire’s very first skate lesson, it’s not everything Claire was dreaming it would be. Beginners wear ugly brown skates, and who wants to practice marching in place when you can get right to it? But not so fast, Claire! One overeager foot on the ice, and…
In this humorous tale of expectation meets reality, Claire discovers beautiful performances require lots of skill, and it’s going to take many small failures and perseverance if she wants to skate like a pro.
★ “It is hard not to be charmed by this simple tale of a novice ice-skater’s first lesson. . . . The illustrations are just as charming as the text. Sterling captures both Claire’s emotions and the movement of the skaters in her cheerful artwork. . . . perfect for nervous newbies at just about anything.”—Booklist, Starred Review
“Any kid who has expected to be an expert at something right away only to find out it’s hard work can likely relate to Claire’s struggle. . . .”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Realistically portrays the ups and downs of learning a new skill with satisfying success.”—Kirkus Reviews
BISAC 1: JUV032120 Juvenile Fiction – Sports & Recreation – Ice Skating
BISAC 2: JUV039140 Juvenile Fiction – Social Themes – Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
BISAC 3: JUV039050 Juvenile Fiction – Social Themes – Emotions & Feelings