Is there any reader out there without a little hockey lover in her life? (And, on a related note, is there any reader out there who is not a Tim Hortons fan?) When I was trying to decide on a theme for this month’s Scholastic review and giveaway, I decided I’d like to have a look at some books about Canada’s favourite sport, and I found two real goodies:
One Hockey Night by David Ward
In this story, brother and sister Owen and Holly have just been uprooted from Saskatchewan to Nova Scotia right before Christmas, and their homesickness is magnified by the lack of local ice for skating.
The plot isn’t exactly a nail-biter – you can see the ending coming a mile away – but nonetheless, you can’t help but beam when the kids are surprised on Christmas Eve by their own backyard skating rink.The illustrations are beautiful and subtle, and the story is sure to become a family favourite.
The Mighty Tim Horton by Mike Leonetti
Mike Leonetti has written other fictional stories incorporating some of hockey’s biggest stars, such as “The Rocket” and “Wendel and The Great One” and his newest title does not disappoint.
Trevor is a defenseman who takes needless penalties, with consequences for his team. That is, until his fundraising efforts find him knocking on the door if his idol: Toronto Maple Leafs player Tim Horton, who shares some secret hockey tips.
Playing “the Tim Horton way” leads to success for Trevor and his team…and believe it or not, that year the Leafs even win the Stanley Cup!
I also love the Tim Horton mini-biography page at the back of this book. It’s pretty common for Canadian kids to recognize the Tim Hortons’ sign, but how many of them actually know who he was? I think it’s neat to be able to share this information with our children…the story behind the coffee and doughnuts!
Either one of these titles would make a fantastic Christmas gift for your little hockey lover, and as always, Scholastic is offering up both of these beautiful hardcover books for one lucky This Mom Loves reader. The prize is valued at approximately $40!
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