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Dino-Soccer

Dino-Soccer

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by Lisa Wheeler, Barry Gott
     
 

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When veggie-nibbling Grazers and meat-munching Biters take to the soccer field, it's a showdown of prehistoric proportions. Diplodocus shows an herbivore's soft touch and strikes first for the Grazers. But Gallimimus takes a pass from the twin Pterodactyls on the wings and finishes it off to even things up for the Biters. In the second half, Apatosaur scores the go

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When veggie-nibbling Grazers and meat-munching Biters take to the soccer field, it's a showdown of prehistoric proportions. Diplodocus shows an herbivore's soft touch and strikes first for the Grazers. But Gallimimus takes a pass from the twin Pterodactyls on the wings and finishes it off to even things up for the Biters. In the second half, Apatosaur scores the go-ahead goal for the veggie-side, but then a brawl results in red cards for both teams. Hungry to tie the game, Biter Allosaurus takes advantage. Now it's 2-2, setting up the teeth-gnashing, claw-curling final minutes. . . .

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Nicole Peterson Davis
The Grazers and the Biters are about to take the soccer field. These prehistoric dinosaurs are ready for a big match against one another. Who will win? Will anyone be able to score? This book will teach children about dinosaurs as well as the game of soccer. Through the soccer game, they learn about scoring, kicking, using the head, and even red cards while learning names of the dinosaurs and something about each of them. The action-filled paintings clearly distinguish the teams, so it is easy to discern which dinosaurs are meat eaters and which are plant eaters. The paintings exaggerate facial expressions and amplify the story. The text is told in a rhyming scheme, and the rhythm of the book makes it fun to read aloud. A child who enjoys soccer or dinosaurs will enjoy reading this book repeatedly. Reviewer: Nicole Peterson Davis
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Once again Wheeler and Gott have teamed up for an action-packed sports extravaganza. The Grazers, in gold, take on the blue-uniformed Biters in a rough-and-tumble soccer match. Cheered on by their enthusiastic and colorful fans, the vegetarian and meat-eating dino players pass, steal, and trap the ball as they travel up and down the field. Each exciting play is recounted in rhyming verse with the names of the dinosaurs printed in the appropriate team color to indicate whether they are herbivore or carnivore. The play-by-play commentary is sprinkled with terms like "check," "spike," and "dribble," which will resonate with young soccer players. As the game progresses, the competition is fierce and the score teeters back and forth. At the end of the day, the Biters prevail, but the vanquished Grazers refuse to give up. Soon they will meet their opponents on the baseball field for a spirited game of Dino-ball. Gott's vibrant illustrations increase the suspense and fast pace of the rollicking narrative. The expressive faces of the players and the frenetic energy of the pictures add a bit of humor to the story. Sports fans and dinosaur lovers will delight in this follow-up to Dino-Hockey (Carolrhoda, 2007).—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822590286
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Carolrhoda Picture Bks
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
128,510
Product dimensions:
10.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD340L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Award-winning author Lisa Wheeler lives in Michigan with her husband and two dogs. When Lisa isn't busy writing children's books, she travels around the country visiting schools and teaching workshops. Learn more about Dino-Hockey, Dino-Soccer, and the author at www.lisawheelerbooks.com. Barry Gott has illustrated several children's books, among them Dino-Hockey, What DO Teachers Do (after YOU Leave School)? and Santa's Secrets Revealed. He lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio.

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