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In the days of Roch’s childhood, winters in the village of Ste. Justine were long. Life centered around school, church, and the hockey rink, and every boy’s hero was Montreal Canadiens hockey legend Maurice Richard. Everyone wore Richard’s number 9. They laced their skates like Richard. They even wore their hair like Richard. When Roch outgrows his cherished Canadiens sweater, his mother writes away for a new one. Much to Roch’s horror, he is sent the blue and white sweater of the rival Toronto Maple Leafs, dreaded and hated foes to his beloved team. How can Roch face the other kids at the rink?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887761744
Publisher: Tundra
Publication date: 09/01/1985
Pages: 24
Sales rank: 609,973
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Roch Carrier is Canada’s National Librarian and the beloved author of many Canadian classics for both adults and children. In 1968 he published his hugely successful novel, La Guerre, Yes Sir!. He has written many novels, short stories, plays, film and television scripts, essays, travel books, and poetry. Several of his works have become classics and are used in schools and universities around the world. His much-loved children's story, The Hockey Sweater, remains a timeless favorite. In 1991, Roch Carrier was awarded the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour for Prayers of a Very Wise Child. Among his many other awards and honors, Mr. Carrier is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and the holder of many honorary doctorates. All this from the boy who grew up in a village with no library and no books. Now the village has a brand new library – the Roch Carrier Library.

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The Hockey Sweater 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Dapperlibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Best children book on the Canadian national past time of Canada: HOCKEY. Also highlight the two solidutes of French Quebec and English Canada in 1940's. Written by former National Librarian, Roch Carrier
stornelli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With every boy in a small Quebec town wearing the sweater of the Montreal Canadiens to play hockey, a child, named Roch, is horrified when, because of a mail order mix-up, he is forced to wear a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater. When he shows up at a game, he is forced to sit out with no playing time, and told to go pray to God. His prayer is to have the Toronto Maple Leaf sweater eaten by moths.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This classic story can only be held as one of Canada's great classics! Reading it again for the first time in years, brings back great memories of first and second grade. As a new teacher, it is definitely a staple in my classroom library for teaching Canadian culture, history and patriotism.