To the Ice

To the Ice
Co-Authors / Illustrators
  • Anna-Clara Tidholm
Publisher Name
Gecko Press ™
Age Range
Release Date
November 07, 2023
Three children go on a polar expedition in this thrilling adventure story for newly independent readers that blurs realism and imagination.
Ida, Max, and Jack go to the creek one winter's day. They play on an ice floe then find themselves floating away―all the way to the polar ice, with just a box, a branch and some sandwiches.

"You probably don't think it's true, and we didn't either, not even while it was happening..."

They find an old hut, meet penguins, see extraordinary things, and, after testing their resources in this dramatic land of ice and snow, come home safe at the end of the day.

"What shall we say about where we've been?" asked Max.

"Tell the truth," I said. "We don't know."

To the Ice is a beautifully produced chapter book that absorbs young readers in a real-life make-believe filled with problem-solving and adventure. This is a thrilling and plot-filled story for budding explorers and ice adventurers―the kind of book children will remember throughout their lives.

Thomas Tidholm is a Swedish photographer, poet, playwright, and writer. He and Anna-Clara Tidholm have together created a string of award-winning books for children since the early 1980s.

Anna-Clara Tidholm is one of Sweden's leading children's book authors and illustrators with a varied and rich bibliography. Her prizes include the Elsa Beskow plaque, German Youth Literature Prize, Astrid Lindgren prize and August prize.

Translated from the Swedish edition by Julia Marshall.

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Survival Story in the Arctic
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To the Ice is a survival story of 3 children who got lost when they went to play one day. Jack, Max, and Ida end up on an ice floe out to sea. They survive for unknown days when they come upon a little shack built by shipwrecked explorers over 100 years ago. There they cry and worry but also survive and form a deep bond. This story is perfect for older children who love survival stories such as Hatchet by Gary Paulson. The illustrations are simple but powerful. The black water, in the beginning, communicates the danger and unknown that they are trapped within. Then towards the end, as they try to make it home the water is a much calmer and friendlier color. The book is not long and the writing does not go in-depth but it has just the right amount of description to feel believable and to pull you into the characters’ plight. It is utterly compelling without feeling overwhelming and graphic. Overall, this is a great survival story for children not quite ready for the length of a Middle-Grade book but ready for something more mature and longer than most picture books.
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