The Hockey Sweater

The Hockey Sweater

Book - 2014
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With every boy in a small Quebec town wearing the sweater of the Montreal Canadiens to play hockey, one child is horrified when, because of a mail order mix-up, he is forced to wear a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater.
Publisher: Toronto : Tundra Books, 2014.
Edition: 30th Anniversary ed.
ISBN: 9781770497627
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. +,1 videodisc (4 3/4 in.)
Additional Contributors: Fischman, Sheila
Cohen, Sheldon 1949-


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Curl up with this Canadian Classic set in Ste. Justine, Quebec.

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Feb 15, 2017

Good story.

SPL_Childrens Jan 05, 2015

One of the most beloved Canadian children’s books of all time, The Hockey Sweater, has been newly reprinted to commemorate its 30th anniversary.

The 2014 edition features Roch Carrier’s original autobiographical story, with illustrations by Sheldon Cohen, a number of added comments (written by the author, the illustrator and others such as Ken Dryden and Peter Mansbridge), and a DVD of the filmed version of the tale.

The story is of a young boy and the rest of the boys in a small Quebec village in the 1940’s who are passionate about playing hockey just like their hero, Maurice “Rocket” Richard. They even want to look like him, with the same type of taped hockey stick and the same red, blue and white Montreal Canadiens sweater.

One can imagine the great disappointment of the boy when, needing a new hockey sweater, a mixup occurs and the jersey shipped from Eaton’s is instead that of the Canadians’ arch hockey rival – the Toronto Maple Leafs!

How can he possibly face his friends and play hockey wearing such a sweater?

His mother, however, insists that he must – so clad in the despised sweater, he heads to the neighbourhood rink, where things quickly go from bad to worse.

This classic Canadian story has certainly stood the test of time and is sure to continue as a favourite of children and many adults too. (An interesting aside: Maurice “Rocket” Richard enjoyed Carrier’s story so much that he gave the author a Canadiens hockey sweater sporting the famous number 9.)

lms Jul 26, 2013

part of the collection of Canadian books sent to the Royals for baby George

Jul 29, 2011

it is a really funny book

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Feb 13, 2017

Alanreviews thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

SPL_Childrens Jan 05, 2015

SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and over

Jul 29, 2011

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Aug 10, 2011

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


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