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38 Professionally Speaking June 2021 Borrow a copy of any of the books reviewed in Professionally Speaking by connecting with the Margaret Wilson Library. Email library@oct.ca, access your College account via oct.ca, use the OCT membership app, or call 416-961-8800 (toll-free in Ontario 1-888-534-2222), ext. 679. For reviews of French-language resources, visit pourparlerprofession.oeeo.ca. New at the Library LIBRARY | CLASSROOM RESOURCE Stink and the Hairy Scary Spider, Candlewick Press, Somerville, Mass., 2020, ISBN 978-1-5362-0920-4, hardcover, 160 pages, $15, penguinrandomhouse.ca Stink and the Hairy Scary Spider BY MEGAN MCDONALD ILLUSTRATED BY PETER H. REYNOLDS The author and illustrator teamed up once more to produce the 12th in this series of young reader chapter books about seven-year-old Stink who's interested in everything scientific. However, while he loves most crea- tures, he is terrified of spiders. There is no way he can see them, let alone touch them, without getting what his sister, Judy, hero of the Judy Moody book series, calls "the heebie jeebies." Things take an interesting turn when Stink discovers a pink-toed tarantula in his backyard while searching for his origami jumping frog. Knowing about his spider phobia, his sister and his friend Webster encourage Stink to try desensi- tization techniques to conquer his fear. The book contains a wealth of information about spiders, spider hero comics and trivia, and includes an illustrated anatomy of a tarantula, along with a how-to origami page. Stink's adventures will interest young readers who have a curiosity about flora and fauna. Children will love the characters and wordplay while older ones who are just getting into chapter books will want to read the next in the Judy Moody series of books. Stink and the Hairy Scary Spider also offers teachers or parents a natural discussion starter about how we can deal with our fears. It would be a welcome addition to any bookshelf at home or in the classroom. Gail Lennon has more than 35 years of experience teaching at every level from kindergarten to university. Breaking Through: Heroes in Canadian Women's Sport, James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Toronto, 2018, ISBN 978-1-4594-1372-6, softcover, 144 pages, $12.95, lorimer.ca Breaking Through: Heroes in Canadian Women's Sport BY SUE IRWIN Library or bookstore shelves are usually filled with sports books written about men and their accomplishments. Finding a book that focuses on women athletes is much more challenging; finding one about Canadian women athletes is rarer still. Author Sue Irwin's contribution, then, is for those young Canadian athletes in your class who need inspira- tion and someone to look up to. Breaking Through introduces readers to great moments in Canadian sports history and features both known and less familiar female athletes. They're introduced through their moments of glory in play-by-play style as the reader learns about the excitement leading up to their successes. She follows up by informing us of the struggles and challenges these resilient women faced as they worked to reach their goals. Inspirational quotes that speak directly to the young reader are scattered throughout. For example, wrestling Olympic gold medallist Carol Huynh says, "Don't believe anyone that says you can't do some- thing because you're a girl." And former cross-country skier Sharon Anne Firth adds, "When you fail, always get up, and you'll learn from your mistakes." These stories will undoubtedly excite your students as they're introduced to new sports heroes. They'll also learn that with hard work and dedication, they can achieve anything. Kerry Zinkiewich, OCT, is a vice- principal with the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board.

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