Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers
Paperback, 24 pgs
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Puckster’s Christmas Hockey Tournament by Lorna Schultz Nicholson, illustrated by Kelly Findley, is a story about reaching your goals and remembering that family and friends are the most important parts of our lives. Puckster helps out Canada’s National Junior Team, organizing their sticks and water bottles to ensure they are prepared for the game. He’s getting ready to travel with the team for the championship game, and his family and friends are to meet him there on Christmas day.
While the message is good and clear, children who are unable to read the story on their own may find there is too much text to follow. While the pictures are cute, there is little action in the story and a lot of exposition. My daughter listened to the entire story, though I would stop reading the text to have her identify the animals in the pictures to keep her attention on the book. She said after reading it that she didn’t like when Puckster pretended to be Santa Claus by pasting wet paper towels to his face. She said that was not nice, though she may not have understood that he was trying to do something nice for his friends.
Puckster’s Christmas Hockey Tournament by Lorna Schultz Nicholson, illustrated by Kelly Findley, is a cute little book about what family and friends mean to us and how they should always be important. This book, however, is a little bit beyond what my daughter is ready for, but would be good for kids ages 5+.
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