The Hockey SweaterBook - 1999
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A young man is an avid hockey fan, as well as a fan of the Canadiens and Maurice Richard. The beginning of the book emphasises just how much he likes hockey. One day his mother notices that he has outgrown his Canadiens sweater and decides that he needs a new one. She writes to Eatons and asks for a new sweater. Instead of the Canadiens sweater he wants, he is sent a Maple Leafs sweater instead. He tells his mom that he wont wear it but she makes him. He then goes to play hockey with all of his Maurice Richard loving friends. He is not allowed to play, his team mates keep making excuses. He eventually breaks his stick on the ice in frustration. The priest makes him go to the church and pray for losing his temper. The boy prays for moths to come and eat his terrible sweater.
first published in 1979 in a collection of adult stories and later made into an award-winning animated short film by the National Film Board of Canada, Roch Carrier's The Hockey Sweater is now firmly established as a Canadian classic. Basing the story on his own childhood growing up in St. Justine, Quebec, in the 1940s, Carrier describes the passion that he and his friends had for hockey, and particularly for the exploits of hockey great Maurice "The Rocket" Richard of the Montreal Canadiens. Roch and his friends all have red Canadiens sweaters emblazoned with Richard's famous number 9. When Roch outgrows his sweater, his mother orders him a new one from Eaton's in Montreal. The sweater that arrives two weeks later, though, isn't a Canadiens sweater but the blue-and-white sweater of the Toronto Maple Leafs, which Roch can't imagine wearing under any circumstances. But wear the Leafs sweater he must, with hilarious consequences. Sheldon Cohen's warm, rich illustrations are a perfect match for Carrier's exuberant text. And readers who enjoy The Hockey Sweater should check out Carrier's other sports stories
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