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Where’s My Hockey Sweater?

Tibo, Gilles (Author)
St-Aubin, Bruno (Illustrator)
Scholastic Canada 2005. 32 pages
First published: 2005
ISBN: 9780439956772 (paperback)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, recurring patterns, setting

Award

The Forest of Reading – The Blue Spruce Award Nominee – 2007

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

Description:

It’s the first practice of the season and Nicholas can’t locate his beloved hockey gear. His bedroom is a titanic mess, and the rest of the house is not much better either. One by one, he tracks down his shoulder pads, helmet, hockey pants, skates and the all-important championship sweater – with only 15 minutes to spare before he has to be on the ice!

Light and fun, with large typeface for easy readability, this simple text will appeal to young readers. Repetition of the parents’ advice – “You’ve got to keep track of your stuff” – reinforces an important lesson about taking responsibility for one’s belongings.

Humorous pencil-and-watercolour illustrations depict lively scenes of the half-dressed boy tripping over things as he rummages through the house, frantically preparing to get out the door on time. The perfect blend of text and image, capturing all of the household chaos, will delight the read-aloud crowd.

A comical twist at the end, in which Nicholas’s mother can’t find her car keys – the family cat is sitting on them – will have readers chuckling.

  •  Before reading, discuss messy rooms, homes and desks. What are some problems that could ensue? Is your bedroom/desk messy or neat? Predict what will happen in this story.
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    Based on clues in the illustrations, what activities and sports has Nicholas done? Has he solved his problem for the next time he needs his equipment?

  •  Write a friendly letter to Nicholas offering three useful pieces of advice. Add a postscript suggestion for his mother.
  •  

    Draw a picture of your bedroom when it is a total mess. Use arrows and labels to highlight important items in the room (e.g. homework sheet, ballet slippers, swimming trophy).

  •  

    Role play a conversation between Nicholas and his family as he hunts for his hockey equipment. 

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    Discuss Nicholas’ problem. What do you do when this happens to you? What do you think of the ending? What do you imagine will happen next? What advice can you give Nicholas?

  •  Organize the vocabulary in the story into categories such as hockey equipment, clothes, food. Make a list of the verbs in the present and past tenses.
  •  

    Sketch out a 5-frame comic strip to tell Nicholas’ story.

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