CM . . .
. Volume XXI Number 6. . . .October 10, 2014
My Little Hockey Book is a three-in-one board book, with the majority of its pages being a counting book. Beginning with “1 rink” and concluding with “12 players,” the book uses photos of hockey-related items as the “objects” to be counted. While numbers 1 through 4 are treated via single pages, the remaining eight are handled through double-page spreads. The use of solid coloured backgrounds causes the objects to stand out and facilitates their being easily counted. Younger readers may be challenged, however, in a number of instances (five, actually) where the item to be counted is also part of a player’s equipment. For example, with “six”, there are five hockey sticks placed against a red background while the sixth stick is in the player’s hands. Hopefully, after this initial experience, youngsters will recognize the need to look more widely. Though hockey helmets and their attached cages mask the players’ gender, in at least one instance a player is definitely a girl. Unfortunately, the one photo in which a team poses for a group photo, the helmet-less young players are all boys.
The second section consists of a pair of facing pages that show the equipment worn by forwards/defencemen and that worn by goalies. Given the book’s young audience, this content might be a bit too mature, but, on the positive side, it does expand their vocabulary. The brief text states that “My equipment protects me when I play”, but where is the jill strap and the jock strap and support cup? And don’t goalies also wear something to protect their necks?
Dave Jenkinson, CM’s editor, lives in Winnipeg, MB.
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