Thursday, February 6, 2014

Shelf Life [kids]

The Brady Brady All-Star Collection by Mary Shaw, 160 pages.
This collection of five previously-published stories about Brady Brady, a young boy who loves hockey more than anything else, will score highly with pre- and early readers. Included are such favourites as “Brady Brady and the Great Rink”, “Brady Brady and the Runaway Goalie” and “Brady Brady and the Puck on the Pond”.
In these stories Brady Brady works hard to make a backyard ice rink for his team, helps the team’s goalie to learn self-confidence, deals with his own feelings of envy when a teammate builds a bigger rink, and helps his team reach the Gold Stock Tournament finals.
Created by Kanata-area author Mary Shaw to interest her own “hockey-obsessed” five-year-old son in reading, the Brady Brady stories have gained a large following due to their engaging plots and character development. The young hockey players learn valuable life lessons such as team work, sportsmanship, friendship, generosity and the value of hard work.
There are now fifteen Brady Brady stories, which feature a variety of sports (hockey, baseball, football). The Stratford Public Library has the French translations of two of them.
How did Brady Brady get his name? Because he was always day-dreaming about hockey, his family always had to call his name twice to get his attention!

** Recommended for ages 4 to 8 years.

The Big Book of Hockey for Kids by Eric Zweig, 125 pages.
‘Tis the season for hockey - and hockey enthusiasts can delve into a plethora of facts, stats, historic moments, anecdotes and adventures in Eric Zweig’s just-published Big Book of Hockey for Kids. Engrossing and up-to-date, this 125-page indexed volume includes hockey tips and rules, Canadian junior league hockey and women’s hockey as well as NHL hockey.
Some of the many questions answered in this comprehensive book are “Who were the Original Six?”, “When were hockey masks and other protective equipment first worn?”, “What are the Halifax Rules?”, “What is meant by ‘shot from the point’ and “What is a “one-timer?”
A helpful glossary is provided.
Eric Zweig is an Owen Sound resident who has worked as a writer and producer for CBC Radio Sports and TSN SportsRadio.  He has also written On This Day in Hockey, three volumes of Hockey Trivia for Kids, a hockey novel entitled Fever Season and various other hockey books. Young hockey enthusiasts may also be interested in Helaine Becker’s The Hilarious History of Hockey and Shane Frederick’s The Ultimate Collection of Pro Hockey Records.

** Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years.  

These reviews appeared in the Stratford Gazette on February 6, 2014. Written by Sally Hengeveld, Librarian. 

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