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The Hockey Tree

The Hockey Tree

by David Ward, illustrated by Brian Deines

ISBN 9780545990318 Paperback
32 Pages | 8.04" x 10.02" | Ages 3 to 5
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Owen and Holly are having a perfect day on frozen Humboldt Lake passing the puck around with their father — until Holly shoots the puck past Owen and it falls down an ice-fishing hole. Accepting defeat, they think the game is over, until their father imparts some wisdom and solves their dilemma by teaching them an ageold technique of hockey lovers from the past.

On the surface, The Hockey Tree is a simple tale about winter and a great day of playing hockey; at its roots it is a moving appreciation of the joys and wonders of the great outdoors, completely Canadian in its depiction.

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  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily Book Award (BC Children's Choice), 2008
  • Winner, Shining Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice), 2007
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice, 2007
  • Commended, Canadian Toy Testing Council, Great Books of the Year, 2007

Rights Sold

  • French (N. Amer.) - Éditions Scholastic


Also by
Brian Deines

  • On a Snowy Night
  • The Road to Afghanistan
  • One Hockey Night

Contact Information

Maral Maclagan, Rights and Contracts Manager | 416-915-3524
604 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 1E1

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