Ice Breaker: How Mabel Fairbanks Changed Figure Skating

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8.2 X 10.1 X 0.5 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Rose Viña is a Cuban-American writer originally from California. Rose was a competitive figure skater for more than 20 years and now serves as the head figure skating coach in Sweden. Claire Almon is an illustrator who also works in character design in animation.


"Mabel Fairbanks was born in an era when people of color werent allowed in many public spaces. Coming from humble beginnings, she ultimately became an influential figure in ice-skating events around the world. Vias text highlights Mabels perseverance; growing up, she was denied over and over again entering white skating places, but she persisted. At a local skating rink, the manager finally allowed her to skate once the white skaters were done training. Later, an entertainment manager named Wally Hunter noticed Mabels talent and built an ice tank in her home so that she could skate anytime she wanted. The story goes on to show how, as Mabel aged, she continued to break down barriers in support of future generations. Almons digital illustrations have an accessibly modern look, yet the soft color palette gives a vintage vibe. Sports fans will love this inclusive and inspiring look at how one girls determination enabled her to live out her dreams in a challenging period of American history." Booklist