Title: LUCY TRIES HOCKEY
Series: LUCY TRIES SPORTS
Author: LISA BOWES
Illustrator: JAMES HEARNE
Genre: CHILDREN’S FICTION, SPORTS
Publisher: ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS
Release Date: SEPTEMBER 18, 2018
Price: $12.95 USD (Paperback)
Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Created by celebrated sports journalist Lisa Bowes, the Lucy Tries Sports series aims to promote inclusive physical literacy and encourage young readers to get involved in sports.
Endorsed by elite athletes, the series focuses on participation and the importance of play. The books follow Lucy and her friends as they learn introductory skills in a variety of exciting sports, guided by coaches and teachers. Lucy’s eagerness to try new things will inspire all children to get outside and play.
Lucy and her family are skating on an outdoor rink when she sees a game of hockey going on. It looks like fun, but maybe too challenging. Supported by her parents, Lucy enrolls in an introductory-hockey clinic, and thanks to an encouraging instructor, she and her friends learn basic hockey skills, have fun on the ice and decide to add hockey to their list of favorite sports!
Also available in French (9781459820036)
This adorable picture book is PERFECT.
Most children’s books with a hockey theme feature a male child as the main character. I love the fact that this book features a girl.
Lucy is a Canadian girl and what sport could be more Canadian than hockey?
Girl’s and Women’s hockey is more popular now than it has ever been. Books like this one will further boost the female participation in girl’s hockey. This is a VERY good thing.
Don’t misunderstand me. This book is not exclusively for girls. Boys will enjoy it too.
With its message of participation in physical activity, this book also encourages kids to try new things. The target readership of the LUCY TRIES SPORTS series is children ages 4 to 8. During these formative years, children are very impressionable. This makes it the ideal age to instill in children a love of sports and of being active.
Illustrator James Hearne has done an incredible job of creating a character that is cute, but not cutesy, girlish, but not girly, and one that is easily recognizable. This means that the LUCY TRIES SPORTS books will stand out from all other children’s books. The bright colors and clean lines of the illustrations enhance the story with perfection.
I rate LUCY TRIES HOCKEY as 5 out of 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ and I will be purchasing copies of every book in this series to give as Christmas presents this year.
The bonus to the fact that this is an amazing book, is the fact that the author is Canadian and I love to support Canadian talent.
*** Thank you to NETGALLEY for providing me with a free copy of this amazing children’s book.***
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lisa Bowes has been recognized across Canada for her work as a sports reporter, live host, anchor, play-by-play announcer and producer. While working for CBC, she was nominated for a Gemini Award for best writing in an information program or series.
At the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, Lisa was CTV’s host/reporter for women’s hockey.
The author with Canadian Woman’s Hockey Great – Hayley Wickenheiser
To learn more about this author, visit the following links:
CBC – EDMONTON AM SEGMENT ON THE LUCY LIKES SPORTS SERIES
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:
To learn more about this Illustrator, visit the following links:
EMAIL JAMES HEARNE at
And here’s Lisa with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi at the launch of Lucy Tries Luge.
The Author and the Illustrator