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. Volume XIII Number 13 . . . . February 16, 2007
The game of hockey has had a long and important role in Canadian history. From rural communities to busy cities, hockey continues to be played on various surfaces and in creative formats. It is often heralded as our national game. Dave Stubbs has put together an exceptional information book that harmoniously threads the history and culture of the sport. Through photographs, textboxes, cartoons and paintings, the reader is led on a tour of hockey history from the 1800's to the present. Page spreads such as, "The Evolution of Hockey Equipment" provide insightful glimpses into the development of the sport. Another useful and frequent textbox are the "Facts on the Fly" which explore specific moments, people, or hockey inventions. The Stanley Cup, Hockey Cards, and the Hockey Net, are prime examples. One of the more significant strengths of this book is the inclusion of women and Paralympic athletes. From Margaret Cameron to Haley Wickenheiser, the extraordinary contributions of female hockey players and teams are presented. There is also an excellent "Facts on the Fly" box describing sledge hockey. Another enjoyable feature are the hockey timelines, highlighted graphic organizers that allow the reader to place the photos or pictures into a time and space.
The photographs and pencil drawings added to the overall historical flavour of the book. I did not find the paintings of players as useful or inviting. I was also disappointed that there was no table of contents. Students hunting for information or sharing favorite parts would find a table of contents valuable. The glossary also lacked substance in comparison to what the book amply provides.
David Ward is a children's author and researcher at the University of British Columbia.
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