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Author: Carol Nevius

Illustrator: Bill Thomson

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Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Children,

Material: hard cover

Summary: This is a description of what its like to play soccer. The event is told with rhyme, and it covers a 1-hour practice. This book outlines a soccer practice from start to finish.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 7; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Reading Level: 2.4

Age of Child: Read with children ages 3 and 6.

Young Reader Reaction: Both of my children loved this book. My 6-year-old son liked liked that it was about soccer and that he learned new soccer terms like rainbow kick, header, and keeper. My daughter (3) loved that it was about her favorite sport and that she got to see how kids play together.

Adult Reader Reaction: I expected both of my kids to like the book, and they did. We read it several times. I loved the illustrations and the racial and gender diversity of the characters. The rhyming rhythm of the book made it more appealing to my daughter who might not have retained interest had it not been there.

Pros: The use of color creates stunning illustrations that you can enjoy even if you don't read the book. Kids who are learning or are interested in soccer will be pulled in by the descriptions of soccer practice and scrimmage.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. I think it is fun to read occasionally. If you have a real soccer fan, you might consider buying this as a gift for them.


Educational Themes: The book introduces some soccer terms of art and illustrates them in ways that will help kids remember them. It also talks about teamwork, which is something that can be built on, with concepts like sportsmanship.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, sports, soccer, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2015

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