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With vibrant illustrations that bring the action alive, and A-Z poems that describe the basic elements of the sport, the bestselling Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet is now in a boardbook format, accessible to even the youngest of hockey fans.


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With vibrant illustrations that bring the action alive, and A-Z poems that describe the basic elements of the sport, the bestselling Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet is now in a boardbook format, accessible to even the youngest of hockey fans.

30 review for Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet (Sports Alphabet)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kaethe Douglas

    #15 in my 365 Kids Books challenge and bid to be properly restored to a place on the Top 100 Readers list. For a full explanation see my review for 101 Amazing Facts about Australia You can see all the books on their own shelf. As a very recent hockey fan of only two years, I have to read anything on the subject. So this has been on my kindle for a couple of weeks. What better way to acknowledge the birthday of the PandaBatWolf who got me hooked? Fun book. Lots of facts, lovely illustrations, and #15 in my 365 Kids Books challenge and bid to be properly restored to a place on the Top 100 Readers list. For a full explanation see my review for 101 Amazing Facts about Australia You can see all the books on their own shelf. As a very recent hockey fan of only two years, I have to read anything on the subject. So this has been on my kindle for a couple of weeks. What better way to acknowledge the birthday of the PandaBatWolf who got me hooked? Fun book. Lots of facts, lovely illustrations, and a place of honor for the Zamboni. As a Canes fan I have tremendous respect for the machines and the drivers thereof. Library copy

  2. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    Super cute for a little ones who are starting off in both the hockey world and reading world.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    What a gem for NHL and hockey fans. I liked how there is a cute rhyme scheme for kids but for those who want to know more information about the game there is a complete description of hockey terminology! It's also interesting to see how some of the NHL rules have changed since there were two lockouts since this book was published in 2002. One thing will always be the same (hopefully), the puck must cross the red line completely to be credited as a goal. AHHH, I love hockey :) What a gem for NHL and hockey fans. I liked how there is a cute rhyme scheme for kids but for those who want to know more information about the game there is a complete description of hockey terminology! It's also interesting to see how some of the NHL rules have changed since there were two lockouts since this book was published in 2002. One thing will always be the same (hopefully), the puck must cross the red line completely to be credited as a goal. AHHH, I love hockey :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I bought this book to give to my son and grandson. I'm not much of a hockey fan, but it looks like an excellent book for a hockey family with a preschooler. Each letter of the alphabet is illustrated with a hockey related word and has a short rhyming description of the picture. There is also a longer explanation with more detail aimed at the adult reading the book, perfect for sparking discussion about the pictures. I bought this book to give to my son and grandson. I'm not much of a hockey fan, but it looks like an excellent book for a hockey family with a preschooler. Each letter of the alphabet is illustrated with a hockey related word and has a short rhyming description of the picture. There is also a longer explanation with more detail aimed at the adult reading the book, perfect for sparking discussion about the pictures.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    3.5 stars Fun for hockey fans!!! (Like me) It is simple with the basic a is for...and also in the margins more detailed information about Hockey!! A nice one! It it a little outdated because the last Olympics it mentions is 2002 SLC (Yes I remember Feb 2002 VERY well here in Utah)But we have had many more since then. Still it is a fun one!! Go Hockey!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Virginia

    This is our current favorite board book. Not only does it quiet the kid every time (though she's still preverbal, so that's not really an indicator of whether it appeals to children or not), but we enjoy it, too, and actually learned a couple of things. Doesn't have the typical rhyming pacing of an ABC book, but meh. Does assume some basic hockey knowledge, more than we had, actually, it's inspired us to look some concepts and people up which is always pleasantly surprising. We consider ourselve This is our current favorite board book. Not only does it quiet the kid every time (though she's still preverbal, so that's not really an indicator of whether it appeals to children or not), but we enjoy it, too, and actually learned a couple of things. Doesn't have the typical rhyming pacing of an ABC book, but meh. Does assume some basic hockey knowledge, more than we had, actually, it's inspired us to look some concepts and people up which is always pleasantly surprising. We consider ourselves to be hockey fans, but as we grew up in a part of the country that likes, but doesn't live and breathe hockey, it was really cool to learn some things. From an ABCs board book. Not the best illustrations for kids, but they feel right for the subject. And why did Zamboni get in the figure skating hall of fame (from the postscript on the back), but not the hockey? That just feels wrong.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ali Book&Seaglasshunter

    I really love Alphabet books. Most people thing they are for only young children, but really that’s not the case. Z is for Zamboni is an alphabet book that would appeal to hockey fans of every age. It has beautiful, colorful, detailed illustrations. Each page features a short rhyme to describe the chosen word for the letter, and then additional information is provided alongside. My only complaint is that I’d like to have seen a bit more diversity represented, we could do better than women being I really love Alphabet books. Most people thing they are for only young children, but really that’s not the case. Z is for Zamboni is an alphabet book that would appeal to hockey fans of every age. It has beautiful, colorful, detailed illustrations. Each page features a short rhyme to describe the chosen word for the letter, and then additional information is provided alongside. My only complaint is that I’d like to have seen a bit more diversity represented, we could do better than women being represented on only one page, as well as other groups that are left out of the illustrations. Let’s encourage everyone to play this awesome Sport!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tami

    I love the book because it is about the alphabet and because she loves hockey. And one time a person was trying to tackle someone and a guy in black and white prevented the tackle from happening and that is why I like the referee. 🍦🍦🍦🍦🍦🍦🍦🍦🍦🍬🍰🍮🍙🥗🥗🥗🥗🥗🍥🍲🍥. Per hope. Good content surprisingly and she has retained a lot from prior readings.

  9. 5 out of 5

    alana

    Alas, the board book version seems quite lacking compared to the full picture book edition. I was quite lost reading our copy and found the lack of rhyme somewhat off-putting..but these reviews show the original edition has much more information both in the short description and the extra adult info. My kid enjoyed it regardless though!

  10. 5 out of 5

    ElizrdbthSpeaks

    great illustrations .. well done!! love it. we don't have hockey in VA ... maybe is a bigger city so i have always been kind of curious about it all ... looks like great exercise and way to keep so moving, moving. well done. great illustrations .. well done!! love it. we don't have hockey in VA ... maybe is a bigger city so i have always been kind of curious about it all ... looks like great exercise and way to keep so moving, moving. well done.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nay

    Really cute For my little hockey fan it was a great story to make the alphabet a little more fun and easier to remember.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Adela Bider

    Interesting book to engage students to learn the alphabet

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Davidson

    This is a large board book, brightly illustrated, featuring hockey - from A to Z. Nicely done!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Got this for a little one who is OBSESSED with hockey. He loves it but I didn't follow the references to famous players since I don't follow hockey. Got this for a little one who is OBSESSED with hockey. He loves it but I didn't follow the references to famous players since I don't follow hockey.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Typhani

    Summary: From "A is for Arena./The game is played in here,/a building where the fans all gather/to clap and boo and cheer" to "-Zamboni for Z-/a machine that cleans the ice,/ensuring for tomorrow's game/a surface smooth and nice," this volume introduces various aspects of the sport and some highlights from its history. For example, "U is for Team USA-/Who, to everyone's surprise,/at Lake Placid won Olympic Gold/before a nation filled with pride." The use of Canadian spelling, according to the au Summary: From "A is for Arena./The game is played in here,/a building where the fans all gather/to clap and boo and cheer" to "-Zamboni for Z-/a machine that cleans the ice,/ensuring for tomorrow's game/a surface smooth and nice," this volume introduces various aspects of the sport and some highlights from its history. For example, "U is for Team USA-/Who, to everyone's surprise,/at Lake Placid won Olympic Gold/before a nation filled with pride." The use of Canadian spelling, according to the author, is a tribute to the origins of the game. Bold acrylic paintings depict professional players, as well as youngsters at play. Thanks Amazon! Audience: Ages 3-6 Genre: Picture book Use: Independent reading Life Lessons: Teaches about the sport of hockey Recommendations/Awards: I would recommend this because I LOVE hockey! Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (January 1, 2007)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    Matt Napier’s short lyrical verse walks the through the basics and history of the game and through the alphabet, while more advanced readers can get more in-depth information in the paragraphs on the side making this book an interesting read for both primary and intermediate readers. Melanie Rose’s acrylic paintings vary from bold and crisp of current players to gentle, sepia toned historical depictions: a delight for all.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Torie

    My husband is a huge hockey fan, so this book was a present to my first-born daughter and him on her 2nd Christmas. They have read it together many times over the last year, and one of her first words was “hockey”. This book takes the reader through the alphabet assigning each letter to something or someone related to hockey. S for Stanley Cup, for example. It gives a tiny bit of history or fact about that word also, which makes for a great intro to the sport of hockey for the very young.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Upstatemamma

    We took this book out of the library awhile ago and then after we had taken it out several times we got it for our son for Christmas. He loves it. It has lots of information and is really interesting. It almost has two books inside itself. One for the kids and one more in depth with more information about everything hockey related.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Todd Freer

    Concept Book (ABCs) -- Wonderful book--each letter describes something that has to do with hockey. Next to each page in the margin is a summary that relates to each picture in addition to the letter and photo on the page itself.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

    Yes it is a children's book. Yes I am most definitely not a child but this book brings back the old feelings of the beginings of my love for hockey. PErfect for any hockey player no matter how tall, small pro or house player. Yes it is a children's book. Yes I am most definitely not a child but this book brings back the old feelings of the beginings of my love for hockey. PErfect for any hockey player no matter how tall, small pro or house player.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Good stuff - my kid enjoys this alphabet book a lot and it has been a great teaching tool. Though, I must have an old printing of this book, as there's no rhyming phrases (which is a nice change) and actually doesn't even mention the word "hockey" anywhere in the actual text of the book. Good stuff - my kid enjoys this alphabet book a lot and it has been a great teaching tool. Though, I must have an old printing of this book, as there's no rhyming phrases (which is a nice change) and actually doesn't even mention the word "hockey" anywhere in the actual text of the book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Faux

    Great pictures, great use for each letter. My only complaint is of the 26 letters, only one is a female (wickenheiser). I'm glad they did include her at least, but the only other woman is a mom sewing, they could have had some female fans at least. Still a great book I will read lots to my son Great pictures, great use for each letter. My only complaint is of the 26 letters, only one is a female (wickenheiser). I'm glad they did include her at least, but the only other woman is a mom sewing, they could have had some female fans at least. Still a great book I will read lots to my son

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    I think this is my husband's favorite book of our son's. Any hockey lover would appreciate it for kids. Good illustrations also. I think this is my husband's favorite book of our son's. Any hockey lover would appreciate it for kids. Good illustrations also.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

    An Aunt Bekah and Logan book

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ann Angle

    This is a great alphabet book for the true Hockey enthusiast.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mckinley

    People and things related to hockey. A lot of detail for an ABC book. So it's not about learning letters here but rather about the sport. People and things related to hockey. A lot of detail for an ABC book. So it's not about learning letters here but rather about the sport.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katie Casey

    A must have for the hockey loving family. ;-)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    bought it as a present for a friends newborn son. fun to read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    writer...

    Great 'Z' book title entry for alphabet challenge - and Canadian author intro as well! Illustrations by Brit born, Melanie Rose, excellent addition to facts and info on the sport of hockey. Great 'Z' book title entry for alphabet challenge - and Canadian author intro as well! Illustrations by Brit born, Melanie Rose, excellent addition to facts and info on the sport of hockey.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Morlando K

    we really enjoyed this story!

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