Authored by Michael DahlIllustrated by Christina ForshaySports Illustrated Kids SeriesAges 4-7Unwrapping some illustrations for you
About the book
This book is perfect for the budding sports enthusiast you may have living right in your own home. Written in rhyme it is brimming with action words pertaining to the game of soccer. Such delightful words as: kick, dribble, striker, penalty kick, defence, and goal (just to name a few) gets you into game-mode and maybe even teach you a thing or two regarding the game.
The excitement of the crowd singing and chanting, the packed-out stadium, the loud roar of the fans delights the little girl in the story as she and her brother get caught up in the magic of a real-time game. The last second goal attained by the little girl's favourite team electrifies the crowd and has them cheering mightily to express their happiness and yes, relief. Whew!! Winning is the best!!!!!
A lovely touch is when the captain of the winning team offers the little girl the soccer ball to take home for her very own to keep. What an honour to walk out of stadium hugging that ball tightly... a trophy that is priceless indeed.
The last part is dedicated to saying farewell and goodnight to all things soccer: the captains shake hands showing good sportsmanship and depart, the goalkeepers, infielders and strikers wrap it up, and a multitude of fans in their jerseys all head out to the parking lot. As the lights dim people swarm out with sleepy kids in tow. They head out to find their vehicles and zoom off into the night. Everyone in the little girl's family is ready to crawl into bed, curl up and happily drift off to sleep after experiencing such a wonderful exhilarating game of soccer.
The artwork is bright, expressive and action-packed. It expresses a diversity of people with plenty of movement and competition. It is a perfect bedtime story for soccer fans everywhere. The book would make a great addition to a family book collection, a classroom, or a school library. I highly recommend this book and this series.
Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!
About the author
Michael Dahl is the prolific author of the bestselling Goodnight Baseball picture book and more than 200 other books for children and young adults. He has won the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award three times for his nonfiction, a Teacher’s Choice award from Learning magazine, and a Seal of Excellence from the Creative Child Awards. Dahl currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.Illustrator
About the illustrator
Christina Forshay was born and raised in sunny California, where she lives with her amazing husband and the two cutest kids in the world!
Of course, as a child she could be found drawing, coloring and admiring her grand collection of crayons.
Christina graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration in 2002. Since then, she has been proudly working as an illustrator for the children’s market. Seriously, what could be more fun?!?
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