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Children's Fiction Hockey

Over at the Rink

A Hockey Counting Book

by (author) Stella Partheniou Grasso

illustrated by Scot Ritchie

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2012
Hockey, Counting & Numbers
Recommended Age
3 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
Recommended Reading age
3 to 8
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2012
    List Price

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Who will you meet over at the rink!Over at the rinkWhere the anthem's sung,The whole town gatheredFor some hockey fun.Set to the catchy rhythm of the traditional counting song "Over in the Meadow", Over at the Rink describes a delightful jaunt to the local ice rink. The story of the game is counted up to ten, when the players finally hoot, "Let's play again!"Scot Ritchie's expressive, humourous illustrations capture the excitement of the day, perfectly complementing the rhyming story. This is one title that will have young readers yelling, "Let's read it again!"

About the authors


STELLA PARTHENIOU GRASSO est l'auteure de Cinq joyeux castors, La patinoire où Pierre joue, Take Me Out to the Ice Rink et 101 Creepy Canadian Jokes. Stella a toujours aimé écrire et travaille dans l'édition de livres pour enfants depuis 2003. Aujourd'hui, elle vit à Ajax, en Ontario, avec sa famille.


STELLA PARTHENIOU GRASSO is the author of Five Busy Beavers,This is the Rink Where Jack Plays, Take Me Out to the Ice Rink, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Puck, Over at the Rink: A Hockey Counting Book,and 101 Creepy Canadian Jokes. Stella has always loved writing and has worked in children's publishing since 2003. She lives with her family in Ajax, Ontario.

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Scot Ritchie est un auteur-illustrateur primé vivant à Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique. Il a illustré, et parfois écrit, plus de 40 livres pour enfants, dont Suivons la carte, Dis-moi pourquoi et There was an Old Lady that Swallowed a Puck.


Scot Ritchie is an award winning illustrator who lives in Vancouver British Columbia. He has illustrated over 40 children's books, (some of which he also wrote) including Let's Go! The Story of Getting from There to Here, Up, Up and Away and the Basics for Beginners series, Hockey, Baseball and Soccer.



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  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Over at the Rink:"Kids don't have to be hockey fans to enjoy the bouncing rhythm of this counting book . . . [Over at the Rink] will have little Crosby wannabes chanting along as the book is read aloud. Scot Ritchie's boldly hued, cartoonish illustrations are a perfect match for this primer on numbers, hockey, and playing fair." —Quill & Quire"Young hockey enthusiasts will enjoy this counting book set to the rhythm of Over in the Meadow." —The Winnipeg Free Press"Do you like skating or playing hockey? If so, you might like Over at the Rink . . . Count referees, goalies and defence players as you tap along to the beat." —Chirp Magazine"The rhythm of the text is natural and bouncy, the lines easy to read and the words demanding to be read aloud . . . playful and engaging, rich in warmth and colour and energy . . . It is endearing to the story that the focus of the players and everyone else is on fun and sportsmanship." —Resource Links"Over at the Rink is a concept book that uses a game of hockey being played by two teams of children on an outdoor rink as its vehicle to reinforce young children's skill at counting from one to ten." —CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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