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Friday, 8 January 2010

The Rocket - Mike Leonetti and Greg Banning

The Rocket
Mike Leonetti (Author)
Greg Banning (Illustrator)
Scholastic
ISBN 9780545989480

This is an interesting story about siblings. Yes it is a story about siblings told around hockey. Leonetti does a great job of showing how expectations can be placed on younger siblings, because of the performance of their older family members. It is the story of Andre and Marcel, both who like hockey, but Andre being the younger brother is constantly compared to his brother's achievements. It is also the story of Maurice 'Rocket' Richard and Henri 'Pocket Rocket' Richard. The story is wonderfully written and illustrated, capturing the look and feel of a by-gone era. Having grown up watching these guys play hockey, I see it as a great book to share with my children, not only about my youth but with a great message.

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