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Children's hockey book comes to school libraries

A new hockey-themed book is making its way to school library shelves this year thanks to a donation from Frank and Margaret Marvin of Warroad. Copies of the children's book "Drop the Puck: It's Hockey Season," have been donated to all 342 school ...

A new hockey-themed book is making its way to school library shelves this year thanks to a donation from Frank and Margaret Marvin of Warroad.

Copies of the children's book "Drop the Puck: It's Hockey Season," have been donated to all 342 school districts in the state of Minnesota.

The early reader chapter book, appropriate for students in grades 2-5, tells the tale of two brothers, Blaine and Cullen.

Cullen is the all-star team captain, but his brother, Blaine, who has Down syndrome, is the "unsung hero" of the team, according to a release. The storyline doesn't hide Blaine's challenges; it displays Blaine's perseverance, his discipline and love for the game, his family and life.

Through detailed illustration young readers are able to learn respect and a better understanding for the challenges individuals with special needs face on a daily basis. The book also teaches the concepts of teamwork, caring and sharing.

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"Drop the Puck: It's Hockey Season" was written by Jayne Jones, a professor at Concordia University in St. Paul and illustrated by Kristina G. Dohm.

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