Award-winning author and Chief of Williams Lake First Nation Willie Sellars celebrates the love of hockey and Secwépemc community values in his new children’s book, Hockey With Dad.
In this highly anticipated follow-up to the award-winning Dipnetting with Dad, Little Brother’s adventures continue as he grows and learns about the importance of hockey to his Secwépemc community.
“The story shows how hockey can bring a family together and teaches readers very essential life lessons along the way,” says Sellars, who describes hockey as his favourite sport and plays both for the love of the game and as a way to promote positive living through recreation.
In Hockey With Dad, community values and cultural wisdom are celebrated through an exciting hockey match brought to life by the action-packed illustrations of award-winning illustrator Kevin Easthope. When the team goalie gets sick, Little Brother and Big Sister must rely on the wisdom of Grandpa, Dad, and Secwépemc cultural values to overcome big challenges.
For Hockey Hall of Fame member and National Aboriginal Achievement Award recipient Reggie Leach, the book brought back defining childhood memories. “There were many people in my life much like the grandfather in this story who encouraged and supported me,” he says. “They always reminded me to work really hard, be respectful, and most importantly remember to have fun.”
Carey Price, who currently serves as goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens, says the book is an important reminder that “the game of hockey is for enjoyment, and enjoyment of this game is for everyone.”
Perfect for back-to-school, Hockey With Dad has received thousands of pre-orders from school districts and the community.
“A beautiful and inspiring story about the love of family, culture, and hockey.”
– Monique Gray Smith, the author of the bestselling When We Are Kind
Hockey With Dad is on sale September 10. Details about the book can be found at caitlin-press.com.