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The Boy in Number Four

Kootstra, Kara (Author)
Thomson, Regan (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House Canada 2014. 32 pages
First published: 2014
ISBN: 9780670067138 (hardcover)
9780143192992 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Non-Fiction
Book genre: Biography

Text Elements:

character

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:

This story-in-verse is an imagined account of the life of hockey legend Bobby Orr as he goes from being a boy with a passion to a successful NHL player. It tells of his early days of drill practice, his occasional injuries and his respect for coaches and the game itself. The focus on Orr’s commitment and determination to succeed will appeal to boys and girls alike.

The simple, rhymed text makes this story accessible to young children as a read-aloud or early reader. Its main theme will not be missed: “the boy in Number Four/had a passion and a dream … /to one day be a player on a/big league hockey team!”

The lifelike paintings, based on real-life photos of Bobby Orr, depict his charming childhood home and capture the dynamic, action-packed excitement of hockey practices, crowd-filled arenas and game-winning goals.

In an inspirational afterword, Bobby Orr discusses the joy of the sport and encourages all hockey lovers to pick up a stick, get together with friends and have fun playing “the best game on earth.”

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    Share your personal experiences and knowledge of hockey, Bobby Orr and other famous hockey players.

  •  Discuss the concept of sportsmanship. List examples of sportsmanship in the text and illustrations.
  •  What traits does it take to become a professional hockey player? Think of examples from the text and other sources.
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    Do you have a special number you like to wear on your jersey? Draw and write to explain whether you would choose a specific number to wear for hockey or another sport.

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    As a group, brainstorm hockey-related words you know. Write them on a list. As the story is read aloud, add to the list.

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    In small groups, discuss the hockey words from the list and reach a common understanding of their meanings. Discuss how these words could be organized and prepare a mind map. Compare your mind map with that of another group.

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    Map out Bobby Orr’s evolution as a player. Do the same for your current favourite hockey player. Compare the two.

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    From the text, identify the traits that would help you succeed in any field (e.g. learning another sport, artistic skill or language). Write about your own passion and your determination to succeed.

  • To adopt effective work methods
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To cooperate with others
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Physical Education and Health