Children's LiteratureThe Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the original National Hockey League teams, formed in 1917 as the Toronto St. Patrick's. Purchased in 1926 by legendary owner Conn Smythe the team was promptly renamed the Maple Leafs. Their early years passed without distinction, but as time went on, many players began to help build a hockey power house making the Maple Leafs the 1930 Stanley Cup champions. For any hockey fan, Primeau, Conacher and Day are names that are synonymous with Toronto's early success ad recognition as a hockey power house. As with the Montreal Canadiens of hockey legend, the Maple Leafs have won the Stanley cup numerous times. Currently with Curtis "Cujo" Joseph in goal they are knocking on the door of another championship. Nichols provides colorful text and great photographs covering the history of this magnificent team. While the length of the book might seem to be for young readers, the text and format makes an interesting read for more mature young readers. Lacking in this book is any kind of bibliography, index or further research section. For any non-fiction book this is important for young readers to expand their knowledge of any subject. There is also no information on the author. This again places constraint on young readers who enjoy Mr. Nichols' works. 2004, Creative Education, Ages 8 to 12.
John D. Orsborn