"Kids will find Bat's escapades entertaining, and they may also appreciate the lessons in loyalty and sportsmanship."
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The Animals and Birds are getting ready for the big game. Bat wants to WIN. The Animals look strong and fast, so Bat picks that side. But when the Animals fall behind, Bat switches to the Bird team--doesn't a bat have wings? Maybe the Birds will win!
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
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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.