CM . . . . Volume XVII Number 41 . . . . June 24, 2011
Susan Chalker Browne's story, Freddy's Hockey Hero, describes young and eager Freddy on his mission to meet Mr. Billy Binkle at a Habs and Leafs exhibition hockey game.
Freddy's determined expedition around the arena generates a parade of followers, including a security guard, teenagers and booth vendors. Browne continually describes the individuals, "dodging, dipping, twirling and leaping," on their march towards Mr. Binkle. The repetition establishes an energetic and youthful rhythm to the story that leaves readers curious about Freddy's next steps to find Binkle and ask for a hockey stick autograph. Browne uses common hockey language, such as "the Leafs tore down the ice in a pace. Fans cheered and jeered as the puck boomeranged off the crossbar," to authentically depict the spirit of a Canadian hockey game.
Complementing the heightened level of anticipation throughout the story, Hilda Rose's illustrations boldly and colourfully establish a sense of playfulness that captivates readers. Further, the fast-paced nature of Freddy's adventure matches the exhilaration and thrill of the hockey game itself.
I would recommend including Freddy's Hockey Hero in a school or public library collection. Susan Chalker Browne's playful story will generate a thrill in young readers through Freddy's mission to meet his hockey idol.
Natalie Schembri, a Toronto Maple Leaf fan, lives in London, ON.
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