CM . . . . Volume XVI Number 13. . . .November 27, 2009.
Hockey Superstars 2009-2010.
Toronto, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2009.
48 pp., stapled, $6.99.
Grades 1-7 / Ages 6-12.
Review by Rosemary Hollett.
“I think a lot of being a leader is just being an influential person and not kind of hiding in the corner. And when things have to be said you stand up and say them and kind of express yourself for what you think."
Inspirational words from one of hockey’s best, Manitoba’s own Jonathan Toews. Jonathan remembers playing a lot of shinny on his family’s backyard rink in Winnipeg. He used to play a lot with his younger brother, David, who was drafted by the New York Islanders in 2008. Toews is one of the 17 superstars featured in the 2009-2010 edition of Paul Romanuk’s Hockey Superstars.
There are 11 new players this year, including stars Dan Boyle, Jeff Carter, Alex Kovalev and Zach Parise, as well as veteran players, such as Evageni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. As with previous editions, the stats on the veterans are new and up-to-date.
The proven format features a full live action photo of the stars, with stats and a short bio on the right hand page and the scoop on their careers plus a few fun facts on the left of the double page spread.
The reader learns something new that goes beyond games played and goals scored in this current edition. For instance, “Did You Know?” that “Martin Brodeur and his father, Denis, who was also a goalie, are the only father and son to have ever won medals at the Winter Olympics.”
Extras included in this edition are a team listing with information on colours, home arena, mascot, Cups won and nickname. There is also a visual/text reference of referee signals and what they mean which will be of interest to the novice player or fan.
The issue is “interactive” in that there is ample space to chart for readers to chart their favourite team’s progress, end of season standings, playoff predictions, favourite players scoring records and favourite goaltenders records.
Final team standing from 2008-2009 will benefit the hockey pool enthusiast, and a space for the countdown to the Cup 2010 for the Eastern and Western Conferences will bring the season to an exciting conclusion. The edition finishes with a listing of the NHL awards, a short description of each, the winner from 2009 and room for readers to write their own predictions for 2010. The format does not include a table of contents or an index, but one quickly adapts to the layout, and any information is easily located.
Scholastic has once again produced a well organized, glossy publication. The style is breezy, informative and entertaining. At a cost of $6.99, every young hockey fan would enjoy a copy. Although not classic literature, it encourages reading, analyzing, predicting, etc. I hesitate to recommend a copy for school or public library use as the lack of a hard cover or library binding makes it fragile for lending. However, the many taped and mended copies I have in my library from eight years ago are still checked out regularly!!!
Rosemary Hollett is the Librarian of St. Emile School, Winnipeg, MB.
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