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The Hockey Sweater [Paperback]

Roch Carrier , Sheldon Cohen , Sheila Fischman
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Sept. 1 1985
In the days of Roch’s childhood, winters in the village of Ste. Justine were long. Life centered around school, church, and the hockey rink, and every boy’s hero was Montreal Canadiens hockey legend Maurice Richard. Everyone wore Richard’s number 9. They laced their skates like Richard. They even wore their hair like Richard. When Roch outgrows his cherished Canadiens sweater, his mother writes away for a new one. Much to Roch’s horror, he is sent the blue and white sweater of the rival Toronto Maple Leafs, dreaded and hated foes to his beloved team. How can Roch face the other kids at the rink?

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First published in 1979 in a collection of adult stories and later made into an award-winning animated short film by the National Film Board of Canada, Roch Carrier's The Hockey Sweater is now firmly established as a Canadian classic. Basing the story on his own childhood growing up in St. Justine, Quebec, in the 1940s, Carrier describes the passion that he and his friends had for hockey, and particularly for the exploits of hockey great Maurice "The Rocket" Richard of the Montreal Canadiens. Roch and his friends all have red Canadiens sweaters emblazoned with Richard's famous number 9. When Roch outgrows his sweater, his mother orders him a new one from Eaton's in Montreal. The sweater that arrives two weeks later, though, isn't a Canadiens sweater but the blue-and-white sweater of the Toronto Maple Leafs, which Roch can't imagine wearing under any circumstances. But wear the Leafs sweater he must, with hilarious consequences. Sheldon Cohen's warm, rich illustrations are a perfect match for Carrier's exuberant text. And readers who enjoy The Hockey Sweater should check out Carrier's other sports stories--The Boxing Champion, The Longest Home Run, and The Basketball Player. (Ages 5 to 9) --Jeffrey Canton


“….not only sweet and funny, but a wise parable about Quebec and English Canada.”
Toronto Star

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5.0 out of 5 stars All the best things about loving hockey! Oct. 30 1998
By A Customer
My husband and I saw the short film that the book was based on (or vice versa) and were completely enchanted. When I saw The Hockey Sweater at our local bookstore, I bought it immediately and have shared it with everyone who remembers standing in the freezing cold at outdoor skating areas, listening to sticks crack on anything that could be used as a puck. There's no way not to love the innocence, beauty and evocative illustrations, especially if you love all of the good things about ice hockey, and remember the joy in following a favorite team - no matter what!
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The Hockey Sweater is such a nice little childrens book that can melt the heart of any hockey fan no matter how old. The book is great for young people, the illustrations are adorable and there is some hockey history laid in the book as well. It is a nice look back on a semi-forgotten time and it is nice to introduce old-school hockey to the youngsters. I am going to read this book to my nephew once he is old enough and if that is not recommendation enough to get your hands on this book yourself, then I am lost for words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Canadian Classic Oct. 16 2001
By A Customer
All Canadians can identify with the character in this book, be they Montreal, Toronto, Detroit or other hockey teams fans. Everybody who grew up standing in hockey rinks, playing on the ice or dreaming about getting back on has gone through what the main character has. This is a true example of Canadian culture and can also be applied to other sports.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Canadian Classic and a Must Read for All Nov. 13 1999
By A Customer
The story of a young Quebecois mortally dismayed at having received the wrong hockey sweater (of the hated Toronto Maple Leafs, no less) has become a true Canadian classic. A very readable story suitable for kids of all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic story Dec 29 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
this is a favourite of mine....at one time in my career I was a teacher librarian so reading this Canaadian classic was a must for me once the snow fell...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Candian Classic May 8 2002
Every Canadian or kost can relate to this book. It will make you want to go play hockey today. This good is great to read to those young kids that play hockey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Aug. 18 2014
By Jess
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
a classic, you can never go wrong with this book
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4.0 out of 5 stars He was the greatest of them all
The classic Canadian hockey story- charming pictures, and dialogue believable as a young Canadien Boy and his & his friends passion for hockey, and the greatest player of them... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Bill Desmond
3.0 out of 5 stars A litte disapponted
I loved The Hockey Sweater when I first read it many years ago, and I still like the film that was made of it. Read more
Published 21 months ago by joan harcourt
5.0 out of 5 stars great
A new book, like described. The book arrived fast with out costing me a lot of money for the book.
Published 21 months ago by erin
2.0 out of 5 stars Odd story
Not how I remembered this story as a child at all... lot of religious reference, no moral to the story and a ridiculous ending with no closure... definitely would not recommend.
Published 22 months ago by Amber
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't ignore the prejudice in this story
It's interesting how everyone ignores the fact that the prejudice in this book is not against the Toronto Maple Leafs, it's against English Canadians. Read more
Published on April 2 2012 by photo guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hockey Sweater
This is a must-read for all Canadians who ever waited with great anticipation for the ponds and lakes to freeze. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2011 by dpollo
5.0 out of 5 stars classic!
i had to watch the film for this in elementary school once or twice, so when i read it i have the voice of the narrator in my head. Read more
Published on March 21 2008 by elfdart
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