I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Published on September 20, 2016.
The puck drops, skates flash, and sticks fly-a hockey game is underway! With a fun mix of Sports Illustrated action photography, simple text, a full glossary of terms, and cool graphics, My First Book of Hockey introduces readers to the basics. Kids (and maybe a few adults, too!) will learn how power plays work, how the three-period game flows, what a hat trick is, what’s up with the referee’s crease, and more.
An illustrated “rookie” character appears on every page, guiding the reader moment by moment, and helping to make My First Book of Hockey an ideal shared reading experience between parents and their young rookies before, during, and after the game.
This series is great, and this hockey book is no exception. The editors of Sports Illutsrated for Kids have done an excellent job of breaking down the rules of the game into an easy to understand yet very informative way. The book walks through the basics of the game – number of teams, number of players and positions, number of periods and minutes in the game, etc. And it also gets into the details of the rules and specific penalties. I learned a couple of things while reading this book.
During the book the two teams kind of play out a game, so there is some element of competition and cheering the two teams on, but it’s all with the intent of illustrating the rules of the game more than entertaining the reader.
My favorite part of these books are the speech bubbles with funny little commentary from the players and a young boy who’s tagging along throughout the book. He makes small statements about his confusion with the terminology and other humorous things. It makes the book a little lighter, and it brings up some questions that kids may have when learning these rules of the game.
This book is perfect for kids ages 5-10 who want to learn more about hockey. I will be buying this book for my son for Christmas. He’s obsessed with hockey right now, but he knows almost nothing about the rules.
My Rating: 4 stars
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