Amazing Winter Olympics: Ice Hockey
Amazing Winter Olympics: Ice Hockey
Amazing Winter Olympics: Ice Hockey

Amazing Winter Olympics: Ice Hockey

Ashley Gish (Author)

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Celebrate the Winter Games with this high-interest introduction to ice hockey, the team sport known for its pucks and sticks. Also included is a historical story about Women’s Team USA.

Part of the Amazing Winter Olympics series

 

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"Every four years, the finest athletes from around the world gather for the Winter Olympics. This wonderful event is held at various cities in different nations and features amazing athletic prowess, hard fought competitions, and the skills and artistry that the world’s most gifted athletes can display. There are a host of Olympic events that make up the menu of competitions that receive the most attention from athletes and viewers. Each of these sports, whether they represent team or individual competitions, is supremely challenging. Through diligence, talents, and a commitment to excellence, Olympic athletes accomplish marvelous feats of skill in a tournament that garners attention from people around the world. In this selection from the illustrated “Amazing Winter Olympics” series, readers will learn a bit about ice hockey. Olympic ice hockey has been a sport included in the games since 1920, when it debuted as a Summer Olympics event. Four years later, when the Winter Olympics were initiated, ice hockey found its natural venue in those games. At first, only men could compete in Olympic ice hockey. That changed in 1998, when women’s ice hockey was added as a medal event. Traditionally, nations such as Canada, the Soviet Union or Russia, the United States, Finland, Sweden, and the Czech Republic have been the most successful hockey teams in the Olympic Games. Hockey features speed, toughness, skating skills, and a gritty approach to competition. Every four years, this team sport is one of the more popular competitions in the Winter Olympics. It is this wonderful sport that readers will learn about in this beautifully illustrated book. While the narrative provides introductory information, the numerous color photographs will capture readers’ attention. The camera work is the book’s strong suit and helps to make it a nice addition to libraries serving sports enthusiasts." Children's Literature, January 2022

Reviews

Every four years, the finest athletes from around the world gather for the Winter Olympics. This wonderful event is held at various cities in different nations and features amazing athletic prowess, hard fought competitions, and the skills and artistry that the world’s most gifted athletes can display. There are a host of Olympic events that make up the menu of competitions that receive the most attention from athletes and viewers. Each of these sports, whether they represent team or individual competitions, is supremely challenging. Through diligence, talents, and a commitment to excellence, Olympic athletes accomplish marvelous feats of skill in a tournament that garners attention from people around the world. In this selection from the illustrated “Amazing Winter Olympics” series, readers will learn a bit about ice hockey. Olympic ice hockey has been a sport included in the games since 1920, when it debuted as a Summer Olympics event. Four years later, when the Winter Olympics were initiated, ice hockey found its natural venue in those games. At first, only men could compete in Olympic ice hockey. That changed in 1998, when women’s ice hockey was added as a medal event. Traditionally, nations such as Canada, the Soviet Union or Russia, the United States, Finland, Sweden, and the Czech Republic have been the most successful hockey teams in the Olympic Games. Hockey features speed, toughness, skating skills, and a gritty approach to competition. Every four years, this team sport is one of the more popular competitions in the Winter Olympics. It is this wonderful sport that readers will learn about in this beautifully illustrated book. While the narrative provides introductory information, the numerous color photographs will capture readers’ attention. The camera work is the book’s strong suit and helps to make it a nice addition to libraries serving sports enthusiasts.

–Greg Romaneck, Children's Literature, 01/01/2022

Beautiful photos and simple, straight-forward text introduce young readers to the basics of a range of popular winter Olympic events. Some sports, like hockey, curling, and speed skating, cover one event, while others describe a great many. Freestyle skiers may all use similar equipment, but the events—aerials, moguls, slopestyle, big air, halfpipe, and crosscountry—are drastically different in both the skills required and time it takes to complete the courses. In addition to describing how each event rolls out, the books include equipment needed to participate, like sleds in luge or the different skates used in figure skating and hockey. Each book ends with a spotlight of a famous athlete, like the incredible Ester Ledecká, who is the first person ever to win gold in two separate sports (snowboarding and skiing). As far as informational picturebooks go, these are fine specimens. VERDICT A recommended first purchase.

School Library Journal, 04/01/2022

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