Thursday, September 17, 2020

"Bobby Orr and the Hand-me-down Skates" - a bookwrap



Bobby Orr and the Hand-me-down Skates

Book by Bobby Orr and Kara Kootstra

* Ages:  5-10

* Grades:  K-5

* Hardcover:  40 pages

* Publisher:  Tundra Books

* Pub. Date:  Sept. 22, 2020

* Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

This charming true story is about the beloved hockey icon Bobby Orr.  It seems Bobby was created to be just that... an icon,  and a true hockey Superman.  

As a young boy he plays hockey before school, after school and any other time he is able. The ice is his second home. It seems that he is one with the game.  

His birthday is fast approaching and he wants so much to have a brand new pair of skates.  Every day he passes a shop window and drools over the pair he wants.  They are black, shiny, have gleaming new blades and spotless clean laces that are tied in perfect bows.  Yes, those beauties would definitely be his choice for his special day.  

He is extremely excited to open his birthday present because he has dropped so many hints about the exact skates that he desires.  But when he unwraps his gift he discovers not the skates he dreamed of but hand-me-down skates that are old weathered-leather with rusted blades and limp floppy laces.  How did Bobby receive this second hand pair when his heart so wanted the new spiffy ones? 

Although deeply disappointed he graciously accepts these hand-me-downs and once he gets used to them they become an extension of himself. They are inseparable. Will Bobby ever get to have the new skates his heart so longs for and if he does where will his beloved hand-me-downs be homed next?  

"Log Driver's Waltz" illustrator Jennifer Phelan does an outstanding display of the classic story making Kara Koostra's storyline almost  animated.  This book will be loved by both young and old and  celebrates one of the greatest hockey players ever and the fabulous sport of hockey.  I highly recommend it. 

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Meet the Author

KARA KOOTSTRA is a writer and classically trained singer and pianist. Her first book, The Boy in Number Four, was also about hockey legend Bobby Orr, and her second book, Jay Versus the Saxophone of Doom, is a middle grade reader also about hockey. Residing in her home town of Windsor, Ontario, Kara enjoys spending time with her husband Kyle and two children, Nate and Claire.

BOBBY ORR, born in Parry Sound, Ontario, in 1948, played for the Boston Bruins from 1966 through 1976, and helped lead the Bruins to the Stanley Cup championship in 1970 and 1972, and to the finals in 1974. He also played two years for the Chicago Blackhawks. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest hockey players--maybe the greatest hockey player--of all time. After his retirement in 1978, Orr was active with business and charitable works, and in 1996, Orr entered the player agent business, and today is president of the Orr Hockey Group agency. He has been awarded the Order of Canada and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The Bobby Orr Hall of Fame is in Parry Sound, Ontario.

About the Illustrator

JENNIFER PHELAN is fulfilling her childhood dream of drawing pictures all day with the publication of her books, Hey, Boy and The Log Driver's Waltz. Other childhood dreams include becoming Leonardo da Vinci, an archaeologist, and a dancer. Jennifer lives in Toronto with her artist husband, Gleb.

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