1 hr 15 mins
Pub date: October 1, 2001
Rights: Canada and US
Few stories better capture the spirit of what it is to be Canadian than Roch Carrier's The Hockey Sweater. This tale of a little Québecois boy who idolizes the great Maurice 'Rocket' Richard has become a Canadian classic. The joy he feels when his mother writes to 'Mister Eaton' to order a Montreal Canadiens hockey sweater is replaced with horror when a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater arrives instead. The Hockey Sweater was adapted as a children's book in 1984 and is still in print. In 1980, the National Film Board of Canada produced an animated short feature titled The Sweater, narrated by Roch Carrier. It has since become one of their most popular animated films. This quintessential Canadian tale is accompanied by four stories from Carrier's classic collection; "Son of a Smaller Hero," "Pierrette's Bumps," "The Machine For Detecting Everything That's American," and "What Language Do Bears Talk?" Featuring the voices of Gratien Gélinas, Mireille Lachance, Flora Belzano, and other familiar actors, this audio edition of Roch Carrier's stories of childhood will entertain the entire family.
"His perfect little book . . . It is hard to imagine a story that better captures the divide between the child's world and the adult's and between the English-Canadian and French-Canadian experience . . . In The Hockey Sweater he demonstrates the remarkable ability to leave his adult existence and write inside the skin of the child . . . his sensibilities and thoughts are unerring." - Ken Dryden, Globe and Mail