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. Volume XX Number 26. . . .March 7, 2014
Nicholas is back, and this time he’s excited for Christmas! Gilles Tibo, the Canadian author who wrote Hurry Up, Nicholas!, Where’s My Hockey Sweater, The Best Goalie Ever, and The Big Game, brings readers another charming story. In A Very Hockey Christmas, all Nicholas wants for Christmas is hockey equipment, and, while his wish comes true, Christmas morning isn’t quite as perfect as he’d hoped. Nicholas must use his problem-solving skills and get creative when none of the hockey equipment he receives fits.
One of the strengths of A Very Hockey Christmas is the theme of hockey, a favorite Canadian sport and pastime. Tibo touches the hearts of Canadian children and parents alike by combining the hockey theme with the holiday season. Not only does the hockey theme speak to readers, but also the idea of receiving ill-fitted hockey gear is something with which many children are familiar. Young reader’s are sure to break into fits of giggles at the sight of Nicholas trying on his “too-big, too-large, too-long hockey equipment”, item by item.
Kerry Macdonald is a librarian at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, MB, and the mother of two boys, ages five and nine-years-old.
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