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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Drop the Puck: It's Hockey Season (Official Adventures) by Jayne. J. Jones Beehler is the story of two brothers, Blaine and Cullen, who love the game of hockey and each other. Blaine has Downs Syndrome, but that doesn't deter him from taking an active part in playing the game. Thanksgiving lunch was over and it was the beginning of another hockey season. Proud fathers, mothers, and grandparents have all gathered to watch the game and Blaine and Cullen's best fans were their parents. The game wasn't going well and they realized that they have to play harder and create good scoring chances. Will they be able to win the game?
The story has some good messages for readers as it speaks about sportsmanship, teamwork and a positive attitude. The story also gives a boost to all those who have Downs Syndrome and encourages all kids with disabilities to participate in team sports. The illustrations breathe life into the characters and scenes. The creativity of the illustrations gives good pace and movement to the story. All the characters are real and lovable and they make this book heartwarming for readers. It's a good bedtime storybook that parents and grandparents can read out to their kids and grandkids. It's also a good book for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. The author explains about Downs Syndrome in a way that makes it easy for children to understand.