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David Bouchard has had an extraordinarily busy year, with three new picture books, including Qu'Appelle, a retelling of a traditional Cree legend, and The Song Within My Heart, the story of a young boy preparing for his first powwow. That's Hockey is quite a different book from Bouchard's usual fare, a neat comic turn that takes a look at how ordinary kids who love hockey play the game. Etienne and his friends don't need a glossy indoor skating rink or tons of fancy equipment (with the exception of the one item worn by every member of Etienne's gang: a Montreal Canadiens sweater emblazoned with "Rocket" Richard's number 9). As he explains to his cousin visiting from the city, "We play real hockey here. No skates. No pads. No helmets." Etienne's talking, of course, about street hockey.
Etienne's cousin is a little wary of the way these kids play, but he soon gets lost in the sheer drama of the game. And afterwards, over a steaming mug of hot chocolate, Etienne gives his cousin one of those special Canadiens sweaters. The final spread takes place many years later: we see a mother and daughter together, the mom holding up one of those Canadiens sweaters and telling her little girl how well Etienne's sweater always worked for her. "With this sweater, sweetheart," she says, "you'll do just fine." The illustrations by Dean Griffiths, who also teamed with Bouchard for Fairy, match the fun and excitement of Bouchard's text to make this a Stanley Cup-winning picture book. (Ages 4 to 8) --Jeffrey Canton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Kindergarten-Grade 2-Etienne (nicknamed ET) takes his visiting cousin (the unnamed narrator) out to play street hockey in the snow. The neighborhood children improvise an exciting game dominated by their own rules, which ensure that everybody plays and gets the chance to score. Bouchard devises a clever twist when the cousin reveals her identity. The final spread shows her as an adult passing along her hockey sweater (a gift from ET that she's saved through the years) to her daughter. Large, colorful, and expressive cartoons show hockey-playing youngsters whose faces radiate enthusiasm and a love of the game (even though the noses look as if they all belong to the same family). There is a dearth of picture books on hockey, and this one can fill a gap.
Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.