Splinters by Kevin SylvesterSplinters by Kevin Sylvester


byKevin Sylvester

Picture Books | September 14, 2010

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Cindy Winters loves to play hockey. When her family's basement apartment is flooded and the floor freezes, she's even happy to skate on the concrete. Her parents are too poor to enroll her in a league, but she's resourceful and does odd jobs until she has earned enough money to play. Armed with her mother's old equipment, she is thrilled to join a team. But her happiness doesn't last long. Among her teammates are the horrible Blister Sisters. They make her life miserable. And worse, Cindy's sidelined by the coach, who just happens to be Mrs. Blister. It looks like she'll be spending the season cleaning equipment, instead of playing on the ice. Cindy's luck changes when her Fairy Goaltender appears and saves the day. With its great good humor and hilarious illustrations, Kevin Sylvester's Splinters is bound to become a favorite.
KEVIN SYLVESTER is a renowned author, illustrator, and broadcaster. An award-winning sportscaster for seven years, he is well-known to listeners of CBC Radio One for broadcasting national sports and anchoring radio coverage for four Olympic Games. He is now a regular on "Here and Now," "The Current," and "The Sunday Edition." Kevin Syl...
Title:SplintersFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:40 pages, 9.3 × 10.3 × 0.4 inPublished:September 14, 2010Publisher:TundraLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0887769446

ISBN - 13:9780887769443

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unconventional Cinderella If you can take a classic story and put a modern spin on it, you have a recipe for a winning book. Kevin Sylvester created just that with his modern spin on the Cinderella story, Splinters. Splinters follows Cindy Winters who loves to play hockey but who's parents are too poor to afford to sign her up for a league. Being a resourceful child, Cindy does odd jobs until she has scrapped together enough to join the local hockey league. Unfortunately, she runs into the horrible Blister Sisters and their mother, Coach Blister, who force her to ride the pine pony for the season. When an opportunity to join an All-Star team arises, Cindy's Fairy Goaltender (Ha! Ha!), shoots into action, whipping up some new equipment so Cindy can make the try out. Filled with humour and fast paced illustrations, this Blue Spruce Honour book from 2015 is one to grab if you are missing the hockey season already. Your older children will make the connection between Cinderella and Splinters and your younger children will just appreciate a great hockey story. I'm especially loving that the story is about a girl playing hockey, not that it's all that uncommon these days but it is so nice to see characters who are not forced into stereotypical roles. Tundra Books
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Hockey Book Ever This is the best hockey book I have ever read. It is the imaginative re-telling of the story of Cinderella. All Cindy Winters wants to do is play ice hockey. She loves the game and plays when ever she gets the chance. Unfortunately her parents have very little money and can't afford to sign her up to play in an organized league. Cindy has to work hard and save till the day she has enough money. She doesn't mind that she has to wear her mothers old and very outdated equipment; she just wants to play. What she hadn't expected were the nasty Blister sisters. Once they found out what a good player Cindy was, they did everything they could to keep her off the ice. This all changes, when at a bleak moment, Cindy's Fairy Goaltender magically appears. I was laughing through this book. While this will appeal to most all children, any child who is at all even vaguely interesting hockey will love it and want to read it every day, especially during hockey season (which lasts most of the year here in Canada).
Date published: 2011-07-21

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR Splinters:

"[T]he Cinderella story set in the hockey world [...] A fun twist on the traditional tale, and a way to talk about how not to behave on a team!" --49th Shelf