CM . . .
. Volume IX Number 7 . . . . November 29, 2002
The Hockey Card.
Siemiatycki and Avi Slodovnick. Illustrated by Doris Barrette.
Montreal, PQ: Lobster Press, 2002.
32 pp., cloth, $21.95.
Hockey stories, Canada (English).
1-4 / Ages 6-9.
by Lorraine Douglas.
Uncle Jack had
a terrible feeling in the pit of his stomach. He was down to his
last two cards and there was no way he could win the other ones
back. To make matters worse, some of the boys were laughing at him.
One kid even shouted,
Uncle Jack flipped
and lost. That left him with only one card. But it wasn’t
just any card. It was his favorite. It was a card of Maurice “the
Rocket” Richard, the greatest hockey player who ever lived.
Uncle Jack tells his nephew a bedtime story about his childhood collection
of hockey cards. Then his nephew narrates the nostalgic tale of Uncle
Jack’s favorite hockey card - the one of Maurice Richard. Although
this seems to be an awkward construct, the story flows as smoothly
as the images of “Rocket Richard ” gliding around the
page edges of this picture book.
school, Uncle Jack is challenged by Sylvester Kornpot to play a game
of “even and odds.” At lunch time, the two flip their
cards in the air, and the winner will take all. Jack loses all his
cards - except for his precious card of Maurice Richard. Magically,
the game changes in the wink of an eye!
illustrations by well-known Quebec illustrator Doris Barrette match
the lightheartedness of the tale. The cover colours of red, white
and blue echo the team colours of Richard’s Montreal Canadians
hockey club. Inside, the characters are deftly drawn in warm tones
in an appealing style. This story nicely complements Roch Carrier’s
classic The Hockey Sweater (Tundra, 1984) as both stories are
a tribute to the great hockey era of the Montreal Canadians and Maurice
Douglas is the Youth Services Coordinator for the Winnipeg Public
Library in Winnipeg, MB.
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