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Burleigh, Robert.
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Publication Information:
San Diego, Ca. : Harcourt Brace, 2001.
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Illustrations and poetic text describe the movement and feel of a fast-paced game of soccer.
Reading Level:
BR Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 2.5 1 Quiz: 24982 Guided reading level: NR.
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Soccer field excitement!
It's the last game of the season. With the score tied and the tension high, anything can happen. But the big win is made possible by one force alone--teamwork.
Robert Burleigh and Stephen T. Johnson have created a picture book that resonates with the energy of the biggest game of the season.

Author Notes

Robert Burleigh is the author of many books for children including Flight: the journey of Charles Lindbergh, which won the Orbus Pictus award. He lives in Chicago, Illinois. STEPHEN T. JOHNSON has illustrated many books for children, including two by Robert Burleigh: Goal and Hoops, an ALA Notable Children's Book and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. He lives in Kansas.

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Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. Soccer has become more than a foreign import in the past two decades. It has become a full-fledged North American family pastime. Burleigh gives the game its due in a book that is as much a tribute to the sport as it is a poetic account of the details that make the game worthwhile. He carefully weighs his words, spitting them out like bursts of air exhaled in an exciting game: "River-wide field. / Flails of knees. / Splash of many legs. / Hold your position. Defense!" The poetry, expertly complemented by Johnson's blurry pastel illustrations of children on the field, mirrors the dizzy rush of winning--and the thrill of giving one's all. --Kelly Milner Halls

Publisher's Weekly Review

More Where That Came From Fans of Robert Burleigh's ode to basketball, Hoops, will be drawn into the soccer action from the opening page of Goal. "Score tied. Muscles tense. Ball drops. After itÄquick!" Readers learn soccer terms such as "backpedaling" and "chip pass" while watching the players use the field in Stephen T. Johnson's energized illustrations. ( Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-6-The frenetic action of the final moments of a tied soccer game are captured visually and with quick descriptive poetry. "Players backpedaling./Digging heels./Explosions of gouged grass./Mark tight! Guard the line!" Burleigh's fast, physical lines leave readers as breathless as the young players who call frantic directions to one another as they fly across the field: "My side! Mine!" and "Watch their scorer!" and, finally, a goose-bump producing "We did it! We did it!" Johnson's extraordinary artwork is filled with movement and unusual perspectives. The choice of a pastel medium is ideal to illustrate the not-quite-focused blur of a fast-paced game. In the single- and double-page spreads, close-ups of moving body parts alternate with broader scenes showing boys and girls interacting on the field. The final illustration of the game-winning soccer ball snared in the net combined with the words, "You, me, us-/champions," says it all. This title joins a growing list of exciting sports poetry for children, including the author and illustrator's Hoops (Harcourt, 1997) and Charles R. Smith, Jr.'s Rimshots (Dutton, 1999). It begs to be read aloud.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.