My First NHL Books by Christopher Jordan

Cindy: If I say, “Board Book,” I’m guessing that you might think of yellow duckies and furry puppies. The last thing that might come to mind is a set of NHL© concept books that use the players and trappings of NHL© teams to teach colors and numbers and animals. Christopher Jordan’s set, My First NHL© Books (Tundra 2011)  includes  Hockey 1 2 3, Hockey A B C, Hockey Shapes,  Hockey Colors, Hockey Animals and Hockey Opposites. Let’s count: 1 Stanley Cup, 2 NHL hockey nets, 3 hockey sticks…A is for Arena “a building where fans eagerly gather to watch their favorite hockey team”…Z is for Zamboni “the ice resurfacing machine quickly cleans the ice before games and between periods.” I love Zamboni’s…

Sure there are lots of logos and NHL copyright symbols included within these bright sturdy pages but they will have great appeal with the hockey fanatic parents who can get their children familiar with the sport while teaching some basic concepts (or perhaps to keep their young ones busy while they are watching a tense game!) The teams seem fairly represented, although I liked the pages with the Chicago Blackhawks the best. Each book has the full set of team logos on the front and back covers. Each book also has a review page in the back with a double page spread of the concepts in the book. This set is a double hat trick!

Lynn: Football is still king in America but hockey is a close second in many areas – especially in the border states like here in Michigan.   And for our neighbors to the north – well,  there is no question that hockey rules.  So this set of bright and sturdy books should be very popular.  They are perfect for taking along to the rink while waiting for an older sibling’s practice.  Some of the books will be better for readers a bit older than the usual board book diaper team like Hockey Opposites and Hockey Shapes where some of the shapes utilize team logos as examples.  But there is something here to entertain hockey lovers of all ages.

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About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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