Cover image for Froggy plays soccer
Title:
Froggy plays soccer
Author:
London, Jonathan, 1947-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : [Penguin], [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
Summary:
Although Froggy is very excited when his Dream Team plays for the city soccer championship, he makes a mistake on the field that almost costs the team the game.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
100 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.2 0.5 32246.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 1 Quiz: 25606 Guided reading level: J.
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ISBN:
9780670882571

9780613359498
Format :
Book

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Froggy is ready for the big soccer game--his team is playing the Wild Things for the City Cup. All Froggy has to do is remember not to use his hands. But Froggy is busy doing cartwheels and picking daisies. Ideal for budding soccer players and Froggy's fans.


Author Notes

Jonathan London was born a "navy-brat" in Brooklyn, New York, and raised on Naval stations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. He received a Masters Degree in Social Sciences but never formally studied literature or creative writing. He began to consider himself a writer about the time he graduated from college. After college he became a dancer in a modern dance company and worked at numerous low-paying jobs as a laborer or counselor. He wrote poems and short stories for adults, earning next to nothing despite being published in many literary magazines. For some 20 years before he penned his first children's book, London was writing poetry and short stories for adults. In the early 1970s, he was reading his poems in San Francisco jazz clubs, and those experiences found their way into his witty children's book Hip Cat, which has been featured on the PBS children's television show Reading Rainbow.

After writing down the tale The Owl Who Became the Moon in 1989, London began to wonder if other people might want to read it. He picked up his kids' copy of Winnie-the-Pooh and saw that the book was published by Dutton, so he casually decided to send his story to them. Surprisingly enough, they wanted to publish him. Working with different illustrators, and occasionally with co-authors, London has produced literally dozens of books. Most have appeared under his name, but some have come out under a pseudonym, which still remains a secret.He has published over forty books and has earned recognitions from organizations like the National Science Teachers Association.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. In his sixth outing, Froggy (seen most recently in Froggy's First Kiss [1998]) is eager to help his Dream Team defeat the Wild Things and win the City Cup. Dad urges him to "Head it! / Boot it! / Knee it! / Shoot it! / BUT DON'T USE YOUR HANDS!" Predictably, Froggy can't do anything right--when he's not paying close attention, he misses an important kick; later, while he's tying his shoe, a soccer ball knocks him down; and when he catches the ball with his hands, the other team scores on a penalty kick. Luckily, after another reminder from Dad, Froggy's skills resurface, and he kicks the winning goal, redeeming himself in the eyes of the team. Remkiewicz's brightly colored artwork enhances London's humorous text, and young listeners, many of whom play soccer themselves, will identify with Froggy's frustrations. A good choice for story hours or reading aloud, this should be popular with Froggy's legion of fans. --Kay Weisman


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-This sixth installment about the lovable frog uses a favorite sport as its theme. Froggy has joined the Dream Team, coached by his father and a friend's mother. On the day they play the Wild Things for the City Cup, he dons his gear (pulling on his underwear with a "zap" and his socks with a "zoop") and heads for the field. These sound effects and the repetitive refrain, "Head it! Boot it! Knee it! Shoot it! BUT DON'T USE YOUR HANDS," will appeal to listeners of this read-aloud. The audience will understandingly blush alongside Froggy when he gets so wrapped up in the action that he forgets the chant and accidentally catches the soccer ball to prevent a goal. Remkiewicz's bright cartoon illustrations capture the characters' enjoyment of the game through their expressive faces. An amusing story sure to please Froggy fans and maybe win a few new ones.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.