Ice Harbor Mittens, picture book, ages 8 to 11 years, grades 3-6.
ISBN 978-0-89272-205-0 Down East Books, Camden Maine © 2010 by Robin Hansen. Illustrations © 2010 by Jamie Hogan
Josie looked over at Sam’s sawtooth mittens. They looked fuzzed and matted like his compass mittens. But they had shrunk too and now didn’t even cover Sam’s wrists. Then Josie looked at his own mittens. They had shrunk to fit and molded perfectly to his hands. Compass mittens with lines that pointed north and south and east and west. — Compass mittens, to bring them home safely.
Free Ice Harbor Compass Mittens pattern available here.
Children's books for spring
Published on April 2, 2011
Here are four books ranging from one for the youngest (Snowflake Comes to Stay) to two for children in Grades 2-3 to the fourth (Titus Tidewater), which stands somewhere in between. All are from Maine — two each from Down East Books and Islandport Press — and all are distributed in Canada by Nimbus in Halifax. Maine, incidentally, seems to be the best source for children’s books in this region. Only occasionally are any comparable ones published in Atlantic Canada.
… Josie, an 11-year-old boy who’s going out on a lobster boat for the first time, gets a pair of Ice Harbor compass mittens which are supposed to bring good luck. Sam, the older boy who’s the boat’s skipper, has mittens in the sawtooth pattern made in another community and much more expensive. Why do they need luck out on the water, and what form does it take? The answer makes for an unusual story, which will keep young readers glued to the pages until they find out. It’s another recommended book.
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