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Clean Sweep! Frank Zamboni's Ice Machine

Category: Book
Illustrated By: Benoit, Renne
By (author): Kulling, Monica
Subject:  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / General
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Historical
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Science & Technology
  TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Technical & Manufacturing Industries & Trades
Publisher: Tundra Books
Published: January 2016
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 32
Size: 10.25in x 8.38in x 0.38in
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From The Publisher*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.
Review Quote*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 ... Kulling deftly describes early twentieth-century social, physical, and technical conditions that presented challenges to productivity in both public and private settings, and she explains how Gilbreth's innovations improved conditions, creating context so that young readers can appreciate the extent of her contributions.... Student researchers might also enjoy other titles in the Great Idea series..." - 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
Biographical NoteMonica 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 The author lives in Toronto, Ontario.