Clean Sweep! Frank Zamboni's Ice Machine: Great Idea Series

byMonica KullingIllustratorRenné Benoit

January 10, 2017|
Clean Sweep! Frank Zamboni's Ice Machine: Great Idea Series by Monica Kulling
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Now in paperback. Meet Frank Zamboni, whose determination and persistence led to his invention of the now-famous Zamboni ice-resurfacing machine.


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.

MONICA 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. He...
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Title:Clean Sweep! Frank Zamboni's Ice Machine: Great Idea Series
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:32 pages, 9.97 X 8 X 0.16 in
Shipping dimensions:32 pages, 9.97 X 8 X 0.16 in
Published:January 10, 2017
Publisher:Tundra
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781770497962

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