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That's Hockey [Paperback]

Dave Bouchard , Dean Griffiths

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Sept. 1 2004
When Etienne takes his cousin out to play street hockey for the first time, he has a lot of explaining to do. Street hockey is nothing like ice hockey. Everyone has to wear a No. 9 Canadiens hockey sweater, but beyond that, the game has more to do with a fun day in the snow than with winning or losing. Etienne's cousin comes away with a talisman and a story worth passing on.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers (Sept. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551433486
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551433486
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 20.7 x 0.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure joy Feb. 17 2011
By C. Fournier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a story of what it's like to love the game- to just play on and on without a care in the world. Brings back memories of pure childhood joy with friends and sport. Kids relate and love it as well. Sweet twist/ending that will make you smile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone who has ever played ball hockey July 8 2008
By D. B. Maceachern - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read this book with both of my childern and they and I love it. This book brings back is both an accurate and loving portrayal of what it was/is like to play ball hockey. The "twist" at the end only makes it that much better.

A must read for anyone who has ever played ball hockey on a snow covered road
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book for kids ever written (especially if you love sports) Jan. 22 2014
By Beth Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a heart warming story about how kids should just be kids and play outside just for the fun of it. The first time I read this book to my kids, I had to hold back the tears at the end. It was not sad at all, just heart warming, especially as it relates to my 4 year-old daughter who has already developed a love for the game of hockey. As a Mom of three hockey players (two boys and a girl), this really hits close to home. It carries a wonderful message most importantly that girls can play hockey too!

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