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Granny has always dreamed of playing hockey. As a child, she could only watch the boys play on the lake until her mom called her home to do more chores. Now, her granddaughter wheels her to the park, where Granny watches the kids play at the rink. One day, the doctor says Granny should take it easy, but she disagrees. So does her granddaughter. She knows that what Granny needs to perk her up is a chance to take a shot on net. With the help of the boys and girls on the ice, Granny finally fulfills her dream.

Praise for Lori’s newest book, My Granny Loves Hockey

Spring 2015 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens selection

Book Wars blog:

“In classic Simply Read Books fashion this book is equal parts beautiful and charming with a dash of heart…This may just become a classic Canadian Hockey Picturebook and is certainly a great idea for a gift to a girl who plays hockey, perhaps a gift from a grandparent – or, I think that it could be used to approach the topic of ailing health in a family member and how to handle the situation (which is, of course, to treat the person just like anyone else and to keep on living life to its fullest!).”

CM Magazine – 4/4 stars review:

“Lori Weber, author of several YA books, combines a great Canadian hockey picture book with a tender story of the close relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter. Weber skilfully addresses the realism of an aging grandparent whose health is failing. Not only does Weber show the care and concern of the young girl, but she emphasizes the fun and enjoyment of the duo’s time together. An age difference and declining health do not prevent them from sharing some happy hockey adventures.

The format of My Granny Loves Hockey entices readers of all ages to engage in not only the written text, but in the visual story, too. Illustrator Eliska Liska’s stylized drawings capture the sense of the story, the characters and the winter setting in a unique and appealing manner. Both the specially selected colour palette and the whimsical landscape drawings give a fun depiction of winter. My Granny Loves Hockey is a fine example of how a skilful blending of art and text enhances a story for young readers.

Hockey picture books are popular with all ages of readers. Children will enjoy My Granny Loves Hockey because of the subject, but they will also encounter other ideas within the book. Through both the text and the illustrations, they will get a glimpse at how hockey has changed over time, especially for girls. The young readers will also share in a story that shows a close and loving relationship between the young and the elderly. This book provides an opportunity for continued conversation both at home and at school. For the preschool child, My Granny Loves Hockey might be best read and enjoyed together with an adult so that questions may be answered.

Highly Recommended.

One of todaysparent.com’s 21 Must Read Hockey Books

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