Now in trade paperback, Z is for Zamboni will delight hockey fans young and old across North America! Highlighting rules, players, coaches, teams, and the history of the game, this hockey alphabet is both fun and educational.
Kindergarten-Grade 4-From "A is for Arena./The game is played in here,/a building where the fans all gather/to clap and boo and cheer" to "-Zamboni for Z-/a machine that cleans the ice,/ensuring for tomorrow's game/a surface smooth and nice," this volume introduces various aspects of the sport and some highlights from its history. For example, "U is for Team USA-/Who, to everyone's surprise,/at Lake Placid won Olympic Gold/before a nation filled with pride." The use of Canadian spelling, according to the author, is a tribute to the origins of the game. Bold acrylic paintings depict professional players, as well as youngsters at play. Buy where demand warrants. L. R. Little, Penticton Public Library, British Columbia, Canada Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Yesterday we read the book called Z is for Zamboni in our grade four class. It was a good book. We enjoyed reading the book and learning more information about hockey. Our class thought the illustrations were just beautiful! We have also read M is for Maple when studying Canada in our room. We are hooked on Matt Napier's books now. We would love to read any other titles he might have written. We are wondering how the author got his ideas. Is he a hockey fan? We are also curious to find out what Mr. Napier's favourite book is. We want to find out if he has a favourite hockey team. Mrs. Mako hopes that it is the Montreal Canadians!!!!Ok or the Toronto Maple Leafs!! We think that Matt's next book should be T is for Toronto!! Mrs. Mako's Grade Four Class Highview Public School Aurora, Ontario
This is a must for any hockey fan with children. Not only is it a traditional ABC's book, it also teaches about the history of hockey and helps people of all ages get a better appreciation for the game.
I bought this book... and after reading the description here, I must have gotten the only copy which doesn't rhyme. "A is for Arena the game is played in here." That's it. "Z is for Zamboni, a machine that cleans the ice." that's it. "Equipment is the word we shall choose for E". That's it. No rhymes. Pretty bland, probably best for an older kid.
This book hit me hard. It is an absolute joy to read. I originally bought it as an afterthought to add to a display of Canadian themed books for my students to read in their spare time, but once I actually picked it up and read it, I realized its full potential. This is a great book to add to all collections regardless of age or gender. While hockey buffs will immediately be drawn to this book, others will fall in love with it, too. Also, it would make a great gift for so many people I know. An awesome find!
I was absolutely first-line, rookie-of-the-year impressed by "Z is for Zamboni." I don't think there could have been much more crease-crashing, glove-wearing, hockey-spelling hockey in this book. Everyone I've shown it to has been impressed both by the amount of hockey in the book, and also by the fact that all 26 some-odd letters have a rhyme specifically written for them, relating to the "old stick and puck." I would recommend this book to anyone interested in hockey, or the alphabet.
In his incredible debut to the world of children's books, Matt Napier manages to bring to life one of the world's greatest sports with both vivacity and ingenuity. His choices for each letter of the alphabet are carefully thought out and well represented, giving a clear yet diverse insight into Canada's national pastime. Coupled with Melanie Rose's detailed illustrations, this book is a sure hit for a child (or child at heart) of any age. Kudos to this fine young author!
Matt Napier must be some sort of genius because I've never seen a more beautifully written children's book since "The Giving Tree." Not to mention, the illustrations which are absolutely fabulous. Melanie Rose is truly a great artist. Get this book hot off the press because it's going fast! I've purchased several copies for Christmas gifts and I can't wait until Matt Napier breaks into the children's world again with another beautiful and informative book.
i have read many books in my time. Everything from mad amagazine to the compact edition of the oxford english dictionary. i would have to say that Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet may be one of the best books written since the bible. I have learned more from this book about hockey than i have from reading every single Dr. Seuss twice. I say that we hold up Matt Napier to be the next great childrens author of this new millenium.