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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  210 ratings  ·  55 reviews
A gorgeously rendered wordless tale of discovery and adventure that is meticulous in architectural detail and bursts with inventiveness. Arthur Geisert's ingenuity engages the child's imagination as well as the adult's through seamless storytelling and zany wit. Invested as always in his porcine universe, here Geisert tells the story of a community of pigs that is sufferin ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Enchanted Lion Books (first published March 1st 2011)
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Me and Arthur Geisert, Arthur Geisert and I . . . I wouldn’t say we've ever connected, exactly. Over the years I’ve had a hard time getting a grasp on his particular brand of picture book creation. I’m a librarian. I like categories and slots and easy ways to organize my thoughts on one person or another. Geisert sort of rejects that whole idea. His picture books work in and of themselves, but they don’t pander. You don’t pick up a work by the man and feel that it’s trying to ingratiate itself w ...more
In the wordless book Ice by Arthur Geisert, a group of pigs are living on a scorching hot, deserted island. Because of the extreme heat and sparse water supply, the pigs get creative and develop a plan for getting some ice. They place a balloon on the sail of their ship and float halfway around the world in search of ice. When they arrive in the artic, they attach an iceberg to their ship and turn around for home. When they return home, they fill their watering hole with giant chunks of ice, ta ...more
I liked the book ice but I felt as though it should be used for an older audience. There is so much going on in each picture and some of the things going on would be difficult for kindergarteners to understand. I think that second grade to about 6th would be appropriate. In relation to other books I have read this book while having no words has more going on than some books I have read with words. Relating this book to myself I am not as observant as I thought I was. There was so much I missed w ...more
by Arthur Geisert
In this book, it told the story of a community of pigs running out of water. They had little water left in the well and no water left at their homes. So they decided to go on an adventure to get a piece of an iceberg and bring it back to their community, which then provided them with a lot of water. I could relate this book text-to-self in saying that it is always important to go after what you want or, in this case, need. The pigs were in a bit of trouble, but t
Ice by Arthur Geisert is an inventive wordless tale about pigs seeking ice that features adventure.

A community of clever, inventive pigs on an island suffering from heat decides to launch their ship fitted with a hot air balloon to search for an iceberg. Finding an iceberg, they fit it with a sail and tow in back to their island where they cut it apart, pushing most of it into a water holding tank. Smaller pieces are used to cool sheds with fans or ice drinks.

This wordless tale is told with Gei

Audience: ages 6-10 (due to somewhat more complex story structure), kids with a thriving imagination, inventors, the environmentally friendly or aware
Appeal: Piggies are always a good topic for children. They're just so cute! And, although I did somewhat understand the audience to be a little older, the images in this book are so stimulating that I can't imagine a 2 or 3 year old wouldn't find it enjoyable as well. I would call this a "thinking book" because it takes a lot of prior knowl
I loved this one. Originally published in France, Ice follows 2010’s excellent The Chicken Thief in Enchanted Lion’s Stories Without Words series.

The book opens with a two page spread of a tiny island, massive sun looming in the sky. A small band of Gpigs are doing their best to beat the heat with lackluster results. Their well, which provides water to the entire island, is running low. The pigs spring into action, lifting off in their frigate-meets-hot-air-balloon vessel. They journey north, h
Audience: This book is primarily for grades K-3. This book could also be for preschoolers. The preschoolers will not be able to make connections with the pictures like the older grades can.

Appeal: This book is appealing because the front of the book shows a group (or community) of pigs on an island with a ship. The title also does not seem to go with the cover of the book so this could spark an interest to know what the story is about. As you skim the pages you can see the pigs cutting away at
When the communal tank of fresh water on their island begins to run low, they do what any self-sufficient colony of pigs on a Northern island would do - they fill up the bag on their hot-air sailing ship and go off to find an iceberg to tow home. Geisert shows us just enough detail in the process of getting the iceberg home and transferring it to the island's tanks. It seems to be a holiday outing for the pigs, some of whom get to ride home on the iceberg. That looks like fun. Dumping the big bl ...more
The style of art in this book is right up my alley. I usually have some appreciation for a book that looks like it's already been around for a few years (I felt the same way about last year's A Sick Day for Amos McGee).

I shared this with my husband and he said, "Huh, interesting," which is a pretty lengthy response from him for a children's book. At first I gave this book a three because I thought the narrative was just blah, but then the book started making me think, all #hatback style, about w
Doing a book with absolutely no pictures is difficult. David Wiesner is a master. But Arthur Geisert does a very good job here. Most important for me is that the story progression is pretty clear even without words to assist, and that is definitely the case here. A simple story about a community of pigs suffering from sort of drought, who then create an airship, fly in search of water/ice, and then bring that ice home to their community. I didn't rate it higher only because I was more entertaine ...more
I think this book could win a caldecott award. The illustrations explain the story in great detail without the need for words. The book tells about many important aspects of life in particular working together as well as how important fresh water is. The pictures in the book are very detailed and done in a sketch format. The pigs are very life like, but have human features which makes them like cartoons. The pigs go on an adventure to get an ice berg to have fresh water and as they are on this a ...more
I always get nervous about "reading" my kids picture books with no words. Will I tell a good story? Can I do it justice? Will they "get" it? Usually it takes me a few tries to smooth out my own words, and looking through it before sitting down with the kids always helps. But this one... wow. What is happening in each picture is so unusual, Miles had many questions about what they are doing and what ice is and how are they flying that boat... it just sort of told itself. I kind of loved it.

This was a very whimsical book about pigs. Their journey to get ice was pretty crazy and entertaining. I also liked how they used the ice to enhance their everyday life. The story was told completely through the illustrations. And the author bio in the back pointed out that these illustrations were made completely from etchings. Pretty impressive. I enjoyed this book, but it's probably not something that I'm going to read over and over again. I'd still recommend though.

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A.C.E. Bauer
Charming. Intricate pictures and yet an element of naivete which reminds me of Clement Hurd's illustrations.
No words
Etchings with color added
Gwen the Librarian
This is a really delightful and whimsical wordless picturebook. I love wordless books because you and your fellow readers can make up whatever back story and narrative you want. This book, while basically a story about some pigs living on an island who build an aircraft that carries them to the North Pole to fetch an iceberg, lends itself so well to storytelling. Why do they need ice? What will they do with it? What happens when it all melts? What will they do with their airship? Great food for ...more
When the pigs on an island need to find a way to cool off, they set sail in search of ice. They tow an iceberg home, and then slice the ice into bits to use in various creative ways to keep themselves cool. This wordless picture book pays tribute to the pigs' ingenuity and determination to solve their problems. The illustrations, rendered as etchings, show the pigs' air and sea travel and clever inventions. My appreciation for this title has increased each time I have read it.
Ingenious pigs.
I love the detail in Geisert's picture books - you can go through them multiple times and catch new details with each read. This one wasn't quite as fantastic as Lights Out or Hogwash, but still a must-read for fans.
Picture books are always a tricky thing in my world. Will I care what's happening in the illustrations? Will I be able to even tell what's happening in the illustrations? Will I be clever enough to put together a story in my own head?

Well, as far as this one goes I can proudly answer yes to all three! I have to admit that the plight of the pigs appealed to my life as a Floridian.
Wordless, horizontal-format, minutely detailed story of an island of pigs who are suffering from the heat and find a creative way to get some ice. This one is worth some study! Would be a great tie-in to a cooperation theme or narrative skills (telling your own story to go with the pictures, including the small stories within the large one).
A wordless picture book starring Geisert's adventurous pigs.
To be honest, took me a 2nd read to get the full story. VERY detailed drawings that make it easy to miss something.
The artwork also is very classic which gives the book an old school feel.
I want to like it more than I actually did.
This wordless picture book was interesting. You really have to spend some time with the pictures to enjoy the story, but once you do it is worth it. I love the concept of hot pigs transporting ice from an iceberg to cool off. Very imaginative.
This is an odd little book, and all I can think of when I read it is global warming, so I can't say it was a lot of fun. But the detailed illustrations are enjoyable, as is putting the pieces of the story together.
Love those ingenious pigs Geisert specializes in. Good book to introduce children to the ideas that people didn't always have ways to cool down before refrigeration, and as a way to think about problem-solving.
Ice reminded me more of a graphic novel than a picture book. The artwork is done in a minutely detailed, antique style that is reminiscent of something out of the Art Out of Time comics collection.
Wordless picture book starring Geisert's adventurous pigs. The pigs are hot on their remote island, so they plan an arctic expedition and build a balloon-powered ship to get the icy relief they need.
The flaw I found with this book was that the hot air balloon ship the pigs made did not have a visible propeller yet it could fly to and from the location of the iceberg and back.
I'm a sucker for a really well done wordless picture book. My daughter and I got belly giggles telling our own story to match the wonderful pictures in this book. You will too!
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