Bobby Orr and the Hand-Me-Down Skates

A picture book by Kara Kootstra and Bobby Orr, illustrated by Jennifer Phelan.

Kara Kootstra and Bobby Orr, illustrated by Jennifer Phelan

Bobby eats, sleeps and breathes hockey. So when his birthday is coming up, he only wants one thing: new skates. He's seen the exact pair he wants in the shop window: sparkling blades, shiny leather, clean new laces tied in perfect bows. But when Bobby opens his gift, he's dismayed to find hand-me-down skates: scuffed leather, nicked blades, floppy laces.

Once Bobby breaks them in, though, he and the hand-me-down skates become inseparable, and he can't imagine life without them...until the brand-new skates come into his life. How can he leave his hand-me-down skates behind?

Log Driver's Waltz illustrator Jennifer Phelan brings this classic story to life with timeless, gorgeous art, and Kara Kootsra's words evoke the joy and dedication that Bobby Orr brought to his favourite sport. A perfect gift for readers and fans big and small, this book is destined to be a classic that is reached for time and time again. (From Tundra Books)

Kara Kootstra is an author and classically trained singer and pianist from Windsor, Ont. She is also the author of the hockey-themed books The Boy in Number Four and Jay Versus the Saxophone of Doom.

Bobby Orr is a former professional ice hockey player, widely considered to be one of the greatest players of all time.

Jennifer Phelan is an artist and illustrator From Toronto. Her other books include Hey, Boy by Benjamin Strouse and The Log Driver's Waltz by Wade Hemsworth.

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