HOT PICKS for JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2010
The HOT PICKS list for January and February focuses on winter and winter sports - especially hockey, with Stratford, Ontario hosting Hockey Day in Canada 2010 on January 30!
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FIVE LITTLE PENGUINS SLIPPING ON THE ICE, by Steve Metzger. 2008.
Oh oh! After each of the five little penguins slips on the ice, Mama Penguin must call the doctor … will those penguins never learn to be more careful? This counting & rhyming book, which includes a CD of the story, is just as much fun as Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed !
Recommended for ages 3 to 5 years. 28 pages.
PERFECT SNOW, by Barbara Reid. 2009. CANADIAN.
All during the night, it fell, and the next day, it was perfect! What was it? It was snow – snow that was perfect for making snowmen, snowballs, snow forts, snow angels and a big snowy surprise! Award-winning author/artist Barbara Reid’s plasticine art pictures of the children and the snowy landscape are absolutely full of colour and detail!
Recommended for ages 3 to 7 years. 30 pages.
POLAR ANIMALS, by Wade Cooper. 2007.
Meet some of the creatures who live in the polar regions of our planet, such as snowy owls, Arctic foxes, polar bears, seals, walruses and penguins. What do they look like, and how does their appearance change in winter? Where do they find food in their world of ice and snow? Beginning readers will likely be able to read this book by themselves.
Recommended for ages 4 to 7 years. 32 pages.
I IS FOR INUKSUK: AN ARCTIC CELEBRATION, by Mary Wallace. 2009. CANADIAN.
The stone towers found throughout the Arctic are called “Inuksuit”, and they have become symbols of the north and its people. Discover more about our northland neighbours and their way of life, in Mary Wallace’s newest book. Inuktitut symbols and a pronunciation guide are included.
Recommended for ages 5 to 8 years. 32 pages.
THE ROCKET, by Mike Leonetti. 2009. CANADIAN.
Growing up in Montreal, Andre loves to play hockey. He is a good player – but his older brother, Marcel, is better. Andre is tired of always being compared to Marcel. Then he sees the great Maurice (“Rocket”) Richard playing in a Montreal Canadiens game. When he meets Maurice’s brother, Henri, and notices Henri’s great pride in his older brother, he learns a valuable lesson.
Recommended for ages 5 to 9 years. 30 pages.
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MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS, by Richard and Florence Atwater. Revised 2009.
When Mr. Popper, a house painter, is sent some live penguins from the Antarctic, he decides to teach them some tricks and take them on tour. They end up performing in shows from coast to coast. So many people come to see the penguins that they become national stars … but is this life, far from their home of ice and snow, fair to the penguins?
Recommended for ages 7 to 10 years. 139 pages.
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ON THIS DAY IN HOCKEY, by Eric Zweig. 2009. CANADIAN.
With this book, you can discover what happened in the world of hockey today, tomorrow, on your birthday, or on your brother’s or sister’s birthday! Lots of facts, trivia, stories and photos are included.
Recommended for ages 8 years and up. 127 pages.
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PINK POWER: THE FIRST WOMEN’S WORLD HOCKEY CHAMPIONS, by Lorna Schultz Nicholson. 2007. CANADIAN.
Wearing their new pink jerseys, the Canadian Women’s National Hockey Team won a gold medal for Canada in 1990. This is the intriguing story of a very determined, hard-working group of players who really learned how to play together as a team!
Recommended for ages 9 to 13 years. 125 pages.
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OFF THE CROSSBAR, by David Skuy. 2009. CANADIAN.
It’s not easy being the “new guy” at a high school, but it’s even harder when you’re trying out for the school hockey team and one of the toughest players on the team decides that he doesn’t want you there. However, Charlie is determined that tough guy/bully Jake isn’t going to keep him off the Terrence Falls High School team!
Recommended for ages 11 to 15 years. 218 pages.
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GREATEST MOMENTS IN CANADIAN HOCKEY HISTORY, edited by Mike Bynum. 2008. CANADIAN.
The 1972 Summit Canada vs. Soviet hockey games … Wayne Gretzky breaking Gordie Howe’s all-time point total … the long hockey rivalry between Montreal and Toronto … the Canadian Women’s National Hockey Team capturing its 8th straight world title in a final game against the United States in April of 2004 … these and other memorable hockey moments are all included in this engrossing book of facts, stories and photos.
Recommended for ages 11 years and up.