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My Granny Loves Hockey

Weber, Lori (Author)
Liska, Eliska (Illustrator)
Simply Read Books 2014. 24 pages
First published: 2014
ISBN: 9781927018439 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

A young girl and her grandmother share a love of hockey: watching it on TV and going down to the frozen lake to watch the children play. Granny is now in a wheelchair with nothing really wrong with her except the weariness of old age. When she was young, girls were not allowed to play hockey, so she played in her dreams. One day, her granddaughter decides to get Granny on the ice, wheeling her around with a stick in her hand, until she scores a goal.

Depicting the best of intergenerational relationships, the text is written in the young girl’s voice and is full of rich dialogue and sensitive observations. “Granny makes me push her right up to the edge of the rink. When she stares at the ice, her eyes go far away. It’s like she is seeing a picture that is deep inside her head. That’s when I get an idea. ‘I need your help,’ I say. ‘Granny wants to play.’”

Vivid, stylized graphic illustrations digitally rendered in a palette of blues, turquoises, reds, pinks and yellows are a whimsical accompaniment to a well-told tale of hockey and deep familial connection. Images often depict the young girl and her grandmother side by side, enjoying their adventures through the ice and snow.

A gentle and beautifully told story of tenderness, love and understanding between a granddaughter and her grandmother.

  •  

    How were your grandparents’ lives different from yours when they were your age? Were they also similar?

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    Prepare questions and interview an adult about what they did for fun when they were children. Present your key points to classmates.

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    Granny talks about how girls were not allowed to play hockey. In small groups, discuss why you believe girls have often been denied the same rights and freedoms that boys have.

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    Think of a dream you have had that you were not able to pursue. What prevented you? Write a journal entry about how you could make your dream come true and what it would feel like to succeed.

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    Discuss how the endpapers are similar and different.

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    Discuss the types of activities you do with your grandparents. How do they care for you? How do you care for them? Why is it important?

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    Explore the book to produce a glossary about hockey. Can you add to it?

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    Prepare questions to ask your grandparents about the activities they did when they were little. Are the activities similar or different for Grandma and Grandpa? Use a graphic organizer to compare your activities to those of your grandparents.

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    Discuss how some activities were only for girls and others only for boys. Is the situation similar or different today?

  •  Create a dream list of things you would like to do.
  • To construct his/her identity
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Physical Education and Health