________________ CM . . . . Volume VI Number 11 . . . . February 4, 2000

cover Wild League on Ice.

Jim Brewster.
Downsview, ON: Tumbleweed Press (Dist. by McClelland & Stewart Inc.), 1998.
30 pp., pbk., $6.99.
ISBN 0-9683303-4-7.

Subject Headings:
Hockey teams-Juvenile fiction.
Cooperativeness-Juvenile fiction.
Dragons-Juvenile fiction.

Grades 1-4 / Ages 6-9.
Review by Irene Gordon.

**** /4

Wild League on Ice was obviously written with the great ice storm that hit Quebec and Eastern Ontario several winters ago in mind. Written in rhyme, it tells how the village of Nice was covered with ice when the Wild League was holding their championship hockey tournament there. The tournament had to be cancelled; but all the teams, each consisting of a different animal, co-operated to help repair the damage. For instance, the bears raised the downed power poles, the beavers replaced the crossbars and braces, and the eagles restrung the cable.

The Beaverbrook team, The Canooks, were quite good at working with poles, and with lumber and wood.

......they rigged up the crossbars, and hooked up the braces. The poles and the strand were now ready for cable. For that job, they turned to the team that was able. The Eagles took flight, and did all of the things, that could only be done, with a good set of wings!
While this is a story that could be enjoyed by any child who likes hockey, the picture book format might discourage some older children from reading it. The book would be excellent for reading aloud, however, and Brewster's humourous illustrations add a lot to the enjoyment of the story.

At the end of the book, two pages of Canadian Red Cross tips for emergency situations are included. This addition would make the book an excellent resource to use in teaching about what to do in case of such natural disasters as floods, ice storms, blizzards and wind storms.

Highly Recommended.

Irene Gordon of Headingley, MB, is a free-lance writer and former teacher-librarian who spent 14 years working in a junior high school library.

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