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K-Gr 3- In this retelling of a traditional fable, Bat cannot decide whether he wants to be on the Animals' or the Birds' soccer team. At first he chooses the Animals, but when they start to fall behind, he switches to the Birds. When they start to lose, he tries to switch back. The Animals find his lack of loyalty distasteful and eject him from the game. The text is compact and has an innate rhythm characteristic of a veteran storyteller. Nobati's full-page, digitally created color illustrations are highly stylized. Readers must look carefully at some of the players to try to decide what kind of animal they are. Despite this, the pictures are full of action and re-create the mood of a heated soccer game.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
Posted February 28, 2011
We loved this story because Bat learned a good lesson in Teamwork and Sportsmanship. Bat was so worried about winnning he kept switching to the winning side. At the end of the game neither side wanted him to play if he wasn't going to play fairly. Bat learned it is important to work as a team whether you win or lose.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.