This adorable 11 x 8″ picture book will be loved by boys and girls alike. A grey squirrel narrates the story which begins, “Good afternoon, sports fans!…It’s so cold that… The pond is frozen!… That means is the perfect time for Bear Hockey!” The squirrel explains that all bears, once a year, “strap on their helmets, lace up their skates, and pick up their hockey sticks” to participate in bear hockey.
The rules are:
- You use many pinecones instead of one puck.
- You high-five all the players and spectators multiple times before you start playing.
- You take frequent, frequent, frequent honey breaks.
- When the last pinecone is scored, it’s time for hibernation!
The emphasis throughout the book is on fun and camaraderie.
The bears wear a variety of colored sweatshirts. Even though the squirrel announces at one point that the teams are tied, it seems there is only one goalie.
The illustrations are wonderful. Not an inch of space is left empty on any page. The text is superimposed on the busy illustrations. Bears of all sizes play together. Smiles are rampant. The pictures gleam with personality. The bears would make precious stuffed toys.
The littlest bear scores the winning goal (I think everybody won).
After all the excitement, the bears “brush their honey-covered teeth and comb their matted fur and snuggle under the covers for a few quiet months of blissful snoozing.” The book ends with a shot of the littlest bear cuddled up with his jersey. His skates, hockey stick, and helmet are at his feet. A picture of the hockey players hangs in his cave.
What a delightful way to remind children that unregulated hockey is supposed to be fun and that relationships matter more than winning. This would be a great gift, especially for a child who gets a little too intense over playing hockey with friends.
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Read the interview with the author here http://wp.me/p1OfUU-2t6.