How cold does it have to be before Alaskan kids stay inside for recess? For many schools, if it is colder than 20 below zero, they stay indoors; otherwise, it's outside for frosty fun! This is is a photo book with text written from a child's perspective on what kids to during recess at 20 below. We see kids getting ready for recess putting on layers of outdoor clothing, and then somebody has to go to the bathroom! Going sledding, swinging, running around outside with frosted-up eyelashes and face masks. Then the aftermath: static hair after a hat's been pulled off, red cheeks and noses, etc. Young readers will delight in images of peers frolicking in the cold and during their favorite time of the school day!
About the Author
Cindy Lou Aillaud has been a classroom, special education, and/or physical education teacher for 23 years. A few of her many honors include a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship for study in Japan in 2000 and the Alaska Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the year award in 2006. She recently retired from the Delta/Greely School District in Alaska. Ms. Aillaud continues to live in Delta Junction, AK and stays busy visiting schools all across the globe encouraging kids to write their own stories. She is the author of Recess at 20 Below and is currently working with the American Publishing House for the Blind and Dr. Lauren Lieberman on a book about children with visual impairments and sports.
Cindy Lou Aillaud: There is a certain magic that happens in winter when the temperatures drop to colder than 20 below. When the thermometer shows 50 degrees BELOW zero, it’s really time for the fun to begin. Did you know that a banana can freeze hard enough to drive a nail into wood? That you can throw a cup of boiling water into the air and it vaporizes into a cloud of crystals while making a whoosh sound? That you can blow a soap bubble with a wand and the bubble will freeze like glass?
During our coldest winter months, kids must be concerned about safety. They have to dress warm enough so as not to get frostbite. They also must be careful of wild animals all year long. Moose can be dangerous if they feel threatened and, of course, bears are a hazard—especially if you get between a mom and her cubs! In the summer, we have to be careful to get enough sleep. Since it is light all night, it’s easy to stay up too late!
This is a delightful bookk about school recess in Alaska. In my home town we stop going out for recess at +10. But in Alaska I'm afraid they'd never get outside if they waited for such a heatwave of occur. With only a few hour of almost daylight and a few wild animals roaming around recess becomes a challenge. The kids are still kids needing fresh air and some unstuctured physical activity so out they go until the temperature hits 20 below. The pictures are actual photos of the children who attend the school where the author teaches. I would recommend this book for any child between the ages of 5 and 10 (ages that still have school recess). I read it to my 1st graders every year and my friend and colleague reads it to her 4th graders every year. Both classes love it and ask to have it repeated - especially during indoor recess on our "super cold days" of 15 below.