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Clean Sweep! Frank Zamboni's Ice Machine

Great Idea Series

by Monica Kulling, illustrated by Renné Benoit

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list price: $9.50
edition:Paperback
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published: Jan 2017
ISBN:9781770497962
publisher: Tundra
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Now in paperback. Meet Frank Zamboni, whose determination and persistence led to his invention of the now-famous Zamboni ice-resurfacing machine.
When Frank Zamboni, along with his brother and cousin, opened their own skating rink in 1940 in Paramount, California, it could take an hour and a half for a crew to resurface the ice. They had to level the surface by shaving down the pits and grooves with a tractor, remove the shavings, wash the ice and find a way to give the rink its shining finish. Skaters became exasperated with the wait, so Frank was determined to do something about it. Could he turn a ninety-minute job for five men into a ten-minute task for only one? Working in the shed behind his ice rink, Frank drew designs and built models of machines he hoped would do the job. For nine years, he worked on his invention, each model an improvement on the one before. Finally, in 1949, Frank tested the Model A, which "cleaned the ice in one sweep around the rink." The rest is history.

About the Authors

Monica Kulling is the author of over fifty books for children, including Dr. Jo: How Sara Josephine Baker Saved the Lives of America’s Children, illustrated by Julianna Swaney, and On Our Way to Oyster Bay: Mother Jones and Her March for Children’s Rights, illustrated by Felicita Sala. She has also written the popular Great Idea series, and her work has been nominated for many awards, including numerous Silver Birch Express and Golden Oak awards. Monica Kulling lives in Toronto.

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Renné Benoit has illustrated many award-winning books, including The Secret of the Village Fool, Lily and the Paper Man, and When-I-was-a-little-girl. Renné works in her home studio in St. Thomas, Ontario.
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Contributor Notes

MONICA KULLING is a poet who has published over forty books for children, including picture books, adaptations of classic novels, and biographies. Known for introducing biography for children who are just learning to read, she has written about Harriet Tubman, Henry Ford, Houdini, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Amelia Earhart, among others. Her award-winning Great Idea Series features biographies of inventors and their captivating inventions. She is also the author of Merci Mister Dash! and Mister Dash and the Cupcake Calamity. Visit her website at www.monicakulling.ca.

RENNÉ BENOIT is an acclaimed illustrator who grew up in Nepean, Ontario. She studied graphic design, but soon realized that her passion was for illustrating children's books. Her titles have won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, and Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year Award. Her award nominations include the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, the Blue Spruce Award, and the Silver Birch Express Award. She is the illustrator of Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion by Jane Barclay. Visit her website at www.rennebenoit.ca.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
5 to 8
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k to 3
Editorial Review

PRAISE FOR Spic-and-Span!:
"In Spic-and-Span, Monica Kulling tells Gilbreth's life story with warmth and clarity." --The Boston Globe

"This engaging picture-book biography details the many accomplishments of Lillian Gilbreth . . . creating context so that young readers can appreciate the extent of her contributions." --Booklist
PRAISE FOR Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion:
"The text is complemented beautifully with Benoit's artwork rendered in watercolours and gouache. The gentle wash of colours is soft and expressive . . . captures the ambience of a time, long ago. Highly Recommended." --CM Magazine
"Renné Benoit's subtle gouache and watercolour illustrations are perfectly attuned." --The Globe and Mail

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Another Winner in the Great Ideas Series

Another excellent entry in this series which introduces children to some unique inventions and their inventors. The invention of the Zamboni by Frank Zamboni is discussed here with interest. A brief biography of his life from birth, the importance of his brothers in his life as they worked together in the ice business, then electrical, and how Frank came up with the idea to invent a machine that would do the job of maintaining the skating rink ice which was taking 90 minutes manually. Kulling never talks down to her audience in this series and presents colourful and interesting subjects and unique inventions. This book, as well as others in the series, is appealing to an adult as well as the intended picturebook juvenile audience: always the sign of a well-written children's book. I love Benoit's illustrations as well. They have a clear 1930s/40s look to them giving a distinct atmosphere to the story's historical setting. Another winner in the "Great Ideas" series.

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