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This is soccer
Blackstone, Margaret.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : H. Holt and Co., 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
A simple introduction to the game of soccer, covering its equipment, players, and basic plays and depicting a game in progress.
Reading Level:
330 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 1.9 1 Quiz: 23985 Guided reading level: J.
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GV943.25 .B52 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
GV943.25 .B52 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
GV943.25 .B52 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
GV943.25 .B52 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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From juggling and dribbling to shooting and saving, this action-packed introduction to soccer covers the ups and downs of a field game as two coed youth teams go head-to-head. Young children get a firsthand look at this popular sport as players run and tumble, dribble and pass, and shoot and score throughout the game.Margaret Blackstone's bouncy verse and John O' Brien's humorous illustrations make learning about soccer as much fun as scoring the winning goal.

Author Notes

Margaret Blackstone is the author of two other sports books for children: This Is Baseball and This Is Figure Skating . She lives with her son, Dash, in New York City. John O' Brien is the illustrator of This Is Baseball and This is Figure Skating , as well as many other books for young readers. He divides his time between Florida and New Jersey.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-6. In a book that seems more picture book than instruction manual, Blackstone introduces the basic equipment and moves of soccer, a game that has even very young children taking to the field. The pictures show a game in process. Boys and girls from red and blue teams kick off, dribble, juggle, pass, shoot, and score. The humorous illustrations, in watercolor and pen, convey plenty of action, with swirling lines and jagged marks showing lots of movement and kicks. The facial expressions of the players show earnestness and drive, and unusual perspectives add drama and excitement. The text is occasionally uneven, with awkward rhymes disrupting the flow, but the book provides an appropriate starting point for beginners, and it is sure to be popular not only for its subject but also for the sheer energy that emanates from the pages. --Shelley Townsend-Hudson

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-As in This Is Baseball (1995) and This Is Figure Skating (1998, both Holt), Blackstone uses short and descriptive sentences that often rhyme to introduce the basic equipment and plays of a sport. The brief text captures the fluid movement of a soccer game as two coed teams compete and spectators cheer them on. In the colorful and large illustrations, O'Brien successfully portrays action with his angular lines of players speeding across the field. Unfortunately, most of the athletes have blank facial features as evidenced by the slight slits for mouths and expressionless eyes. These deadpan faces hardly portray the love that participants have for this popular sport. Also, any child who has played this game for a minimum of one season will be well beyond the information in this book and would be using more advanced soccer vocabulary. With more substantial story lines, Leonard Kessler's Old Turtle's Soccer Team (Greenwillow, 1988), Jean Marzollo's Soccer Sam (Random, 1987), and Jonathan London's Froggy Plays Soccer (Viking, 1999) are better yarns about the game. The information in This Is Soccer is slight, and it doesn't work as a story in spite of the fictional format.-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.