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Open Book’s Holiday Book Guide 2011: Take to the Ice

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Holiday Book Guide 2011

Happy Holidays from Open Book! Our second annual Holiday Book Guide will direct you to some of the most engaging books on store shelves this season. Open Book's Guide will be regularly updated throughout December, featuring a fresh theme with each listing.

Today's theme is TAKE TO THE ICE: Books for Skating Enthusiasts of All Ages


Read Mike Brophy’s My First Goal: 50 players and the goal that marked the beginning of their NHL careers (McClelland & Stewart) and you’ll find engrossing and often touching personal stories of how hockey players started their careers. Brophy provides the history and career highlights, and the book is filled with quotes from the players. A must-read for hockey fans of all ages.

Lose yourself in the history of hockey in Canada with Hockey Hall of Fame Treasures (Firefly Books). Edited by Steve Cameron, with a foreward by Scotty Bowman, this book celebrates the artefacts that tell the history of our country’s favourite sport. As contributor Dave Bidini says in his essay "Moments to Mementos," “Hockey is about games and players, but it’s also about this kind of stuff....” The book also includes an introduction by Philip Pritchard; essays by Don Gillmor, Adrienne Clarkson, James Durhie and Risto Pakarinen; and over 500 stunning photographs by Matthew Manor. A treasure of a book for hockey fans and Canadian history buffs.

The six books in Christopher Jordan’s My First NHL® board book series (Tundra Books) will delight and educate young hockey lovers and their parents. The books — Hockey 123, Hockey ABC, Hockey Colours, Hockey Animals, Hockey Opposites and Hockey Shapes — not only teach kids their ABCs, 123s and other basics, they teach kids about hockey. In Hockey Shapes, we learn that “Hockey pucks are round and made of hard black rubber. Some NHL® players can shoot the puck at over 100 miles (160 kilometers) per hour.” In Hockey Opposites, “The puck goes over Ryan Miller’s Glove. The puck goes under Carey Price’s glove.”

In Taking the Ice (BookLand Press), figure skating expert, writer and former Open Book Writer in Residence, Pj Kwong, writes with zest and knowledge about the people who have contributed to Canada becoming one of the top nations in figure skating. In her introduction, Kwong writes, “Canadians in figure skating have been willing to take risks and become part of the continuous redefintion of the sport and what is thought possible. From the creation of innovative moves and styles to the revamping of the hundred-year-old judging system, Canada has paved the way.”

Hockey enthusiasts young and old will enjoy the NHL’s Records Forever (McClelland & Stewart), which offers “a way of understanding the long and storied history of the NHL.” Glossy photos and sharp graphics illustrate the fun and fascinating hockey facts you’ll find in this book.


Buy these books at your local independent bookstore or online at Chapters/Indigo or Amazon.

The Holiday Book Guide is written by Kate Burgess, Michael Doyle and Clelia Scala

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