The Hockey Sweater

Hardcover | March 1, 1984

byRoch CarrierIllustratorSheldon CohenTranslated bySheila Fischman

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In the days of Roch’s childhood, winters in the village of Ste. Justine were long. Life centered around school, church, and the hockey rink, and every boy’s hero was Montreal Canadiens hockey legend Maurice Richard. Everyone wore Richard’s number 9. They laced their skates like Richard. They even wore their hair like Richard. When Roch outgrows his cherished Canadiens sweater, his mother writes away for a new one. Much to Roch’s horror, he is sent the blue and white sweater of the rival Toronto Maple Leafs, dreaded and hated foes to his beloved team. How can Roch face the other kids at the rink?

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Hand picked by our Panel of Experts the IndigoKids Recommends program offers book suggestions designed to help you find the perfect book easily and confidently. In this beloved story, see what happens when a Toronto Maple Leaf sweater is sent to a young Montréal Canadien fan by mistake. Forced to wear it to the hockey rink - where everyone else wears Maurice "Le Rocket" Richard's red, white a...

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In the days of Roch’s childhood, winters in the village of Ste. Justine were long. Life centered around school, church, and the hockey rink, and every boy’s hero was Montreal Canadiens hockey legend Maurice Richard. Everyone wore Richard’s number 9. They laced their skates like Richard. They even wore their hair like Richard. When Roch outgrows his cherished Canadiens sweater, his mother writes aw...

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In the days of Roch's childhood, winters in the village of Ste. Justine were long. Life centered around school, church, and the hockey rink, and every boy's hero was Montreal Canadiens hockey legend Maurice Richard. Everyone wore Richard's number 9. They laced their skates like Richard. They even wore their hair like Richard. When Roch outgrows his cherished Canadiens sweater, his mother writes aw...

Roch Carrier is Canada’s National Librarian and the beloved author of many Canadian classics for both adults and children. In 1968 he published his hugely successful novel, La Guerre, Yes Sir!. He has written many novels, short stories, plays, film and television scripts, essays, travel books, and poetry. Several of his works have become classics and are used in schools and universities around the world. His much-lov...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:24 pages, 9.28 × 10.12 × 0.42 inPublished:March 1, 1984Publisher:TundraLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0887761690

ISBN - 13:9780887761690

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's a Wonderful Book The Hockey Sweater is a true Canadian classic. It's a wonderful book which portrays a young boy's love for the greatest sports franchise in the world - The Montreal Canadiens. A passage from Rock Carrier's book once graced the back of the Canadian $5 dollar bill along with the image of children playing hockey on an outdoor rink. Then Mr. Harper decided to extinguish it and replace it with images from the space program. Some hockey fan.
Date published: 2015-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books I read as a child. This is a great story. Whether you're a sports fan or not, this captures what loyalty means to kids wonderfully. A nice glimpse into Canadiana as well as anglo-franco dynamics in our culture. I'd recommend this to all parents to read to their kids. And, a Canadiens sweater is better than the Leafs' any day.
Date published: 2014-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from classic he Hockey Sweater is such a nice little childrens book that can melt the heart of any hockey fan no matter how old. The book is great for young people, the illustrations are adorable and there is some hockey history laid in the book as well. It is a nice look back on a semi-forgotten time and it is nice to introduce old-school hockey to the youngsters. I am going to read this book to my nephew once he is old enough and if that is not recommendation enough to get your hands on this book yourself, then I am lost for words.
Date published: 2008-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic for kids of all ages! This amusing story builds on our love of skating, rinks, hockey and wearing the sweater of our favourite team. Canadians share this heritage and this gives us a certain identity that transcends regional and language issues.
Date published: 2006-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome! what an awesome book!
Date published: 2003-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book For Every Canadian Every morning, on my way to work I listen to Z 103 in Toronto. They were talking about this book and someone called in because they never heard of this book. ARE YOU CANADIAN? I remember that we read this book in both French and English at school. I loved it and still do. As a matter of fact, my boyfriend is a huge Toronto fan, so with me being a Habs fan, I think I may have found the perfect gift for him. This book should be read by every Canadian, especially hockey fans. But if you are really Canadian, you would be a hockey fan.
Date published: 2002-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best of Canada This is a book that I have added to my son's collection of books that I know he will pass on to his children. Cherished memories are to be shared.
Date published: 2001-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Sweater As all the other reviewers have noted, this book is a Canadian classic and a must for everyone's library. You don't have to be a hockey fan (I'm not) nor a sports enthusiast to appreciate the warmth and humour presented by the dilema the boy, who is a Canadien's fan faces -- to wear a Toronto jersey or not play hockey. I would also like to suggest to the readers to watch the NFB production of this story. It is very well presented and as amusing as the book.
Date published: 2001-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Hockey Sweater This book is a must for every young Canadian as well as every library in this country. The book is beautifully told of a young Canadien fan who wanted a Rocket Richard jersey but instead got a Maple Leaf jersey but the story has magical moments and the illustrations are just incredible. The death of Maurice Richard not only saddened Canadians, particularly those who follows Le Rouge, Blanc, and Bleu but hockey and Canada lost an ambassador. This books will also inspired those to study Canadian history and culture and gives us an understanding just how much hockey means to Canada. Maurice Richard was a legend and will always be remembered not by those who watched him and met him but also for reading too.
Date published: 2000-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A piece of Canadian history. This is the kind of story that you find once in a life time. I can remember having it read to me almost 20 years ago, and as with anyone who has read it, I have never forgotten it. It sums up what it is to be young in Canada, where hockey is a way of life.
Date published: 2000-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Hockey Sweater This book is awesome. For anyone who has a favorite hockey team you can really appreciate the humour in this book. My boys love it when their dad reads it to them with his french accent....especially seeing as he is a Toronto Maple Leafs fan!
Date published: 2000-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great kids book I first heard this story narrated by the Canadian Film Board, and was instantly charmed by it. It's a wonderful book and I would recommend it to anyone, child or adult alike.
Date published: 2000-06-01