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Goal!
     

Goal!

by Sean Taylor, Caio Vilela (Photographer)
 

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Where there's a ball . . . there will always be someone who wants to play soccer. Whether in Tanzania or Togo, Burma or Brazil, children love soccer. GOAL! celebrates the sport's power to bridge cultural divides and bring together the many and diverse people of the world. Filled with fun facts and striking photos, this book is a poetic snapshot of

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Where there's a ball . . . there will always be someone who wants to play soccer. Whether in Tanzania or Togo, Burma or Brazil, children love soccer. GOAL! celebrates the sport's power to bridge cultural divides and bring together the many and diverse people of the world. Filled with fun facts and striking photos, this book is a poetic snapshot of soccer around the globe.

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The New York Times - Sarah Harrison Smith
Taylor's egalitarian message is at its heart about sportsmanship.
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“Eye-catching photographs and straightforward text introduce soccer and showcase the accessibility and universality of the sport . . . A rousing celebration of global diversity and the game that unites us all.” —School Library Journal

“It's all about the pictures in this photographic global tour of kids playing soccer . . . Great photos, and good stories are all young soccer fans will really need.” —BCCB

“Language and cultural barriers may exist, but soccer - aka football - has become a common denominator among nations around the world. This attractive book sets out to demonstrate how the sport engages kids, rich or poor, with or without shoes.” —Booklist

“Viela's photographs take center stage: They are full of action and neat slices of geography as well, with kids playing beside the megaliths of Stonehenge, stupas in Nepal and a refugee camp in Jordan . . . A solid introduction to soccer, carrying with it the sport's openness to any and all.” —Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
The popularity of the game of soccer is described in fifteen countries around the world. The text describes basic rules of the game and includes information about some unusual plays, although these are not illustrated. Each two-page spread is focused on a country, and features a large, high-quality photograph of children, both boys and girls, playing soccer on beaches, in vacant lots, in fields, on sidewalks and on streets, in addition to a few soccer pitches. Some of the photographs feature distinguishing landmarks in the background, such as Stonehenge in England, a large residential tent in Jordan, and the base of a pagoda in Burma. The facing page has a one-paragraph explanation of important facts about soccer in the featured country, appearing in a red or yellow inset box. Brazil appears first in the book and the explanatory paragraph mentions Brazil’s Pele as the greatest soccer player ever. Other featured countries include the United States, Spain, Ghana, Togo, Tanzania, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, China, and New Zealand. A map of the world in the back of the book shows the year in which each country founded a national soccer team. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.; Ages 6 to 8.
School Library Journal
06/01/2014
Gr 1–4—Eye-catching photographs and straightforward text introduce soccer and showcase the accessibility and universality of the sport. The opening endpaper—a close-up image of well-worn soccer balls stowed in a net bag—sets the tone, conveying that this book is about real kids who play a much-loved game. Displayed on handsomely designed spreads, Vilela's vivid images capture the exuberance of young footballers representing an assortment of countries and cultures. For instance, a Brazilian boy performs a perfectly timed header, a smiling youngster dribbles in a field near England's Stonehenge, a teen sporting flip flops juggles a ball in Ghana, and two kids vie for ball possession in the streets of Iran. Photos of Tanzanian children playing with a sphere cleverly fashioned from wire and rags or barefoot youngsters in India kicking a ball in a dusty spot beneath a tree emphasize the fact soccer that can be enjoyed almost anywhere and does not require expensive equipment. Boxed soccer facts about each country are included, and an outline map showing their locations is appended. A rousing celebration of global diversity and the game that unites us all.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-16
Writer Taylor and photographer Vilela give a brisk nod to the international spirit and enjoyment of soccer.Crisp photos of children playing the game in Spain, Tanzania, Iran, Pakistan and more make it clear that one of the great beauties of soccer is that all players need is a round object of approximately a certain size to play. It can be made of the latest composite material and pumped to a precise psi, or it can be a bunch of rags bound by twine. Little rivals the elemental pleasure of giving a round object a good, sharp kick; just look at the faces of all the kids captured by Vilela: They are, in a word, gleeful. While much of Taylor's text is forgettable—"There's nothing quite like the excitement before you start a game of soccer. Anything can happen!"—it does express the free-spirited, class-transcending joy of the game. The brief text is accompanied by a squib of information from a particular nation set as a boxed item: Togo fielded a 13-year-old in a World Cup qualifier, for instance. Far and away, Vilela's photographs take center stage: They are full of action and neat slices of geography as well, with kids playing beside the megaliths of Stonehenge, stupas in Nepal and a refugee camp in Jordan.A solid introduction to soccer, carrying with it the sport's openness to any and all. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781627791236
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
05/06/2014
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
722,300
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Sean Taylor is a graduate of Cambridge University and has worked as a publisher, journalist, and teacher. He has lived in Brazili and Zimbabwe, and now lives in his native England.

Caio Vilela was born in São Paulo a few months before the 1970 FIFA World Cup. A photographer and a journalist, he has traveled on assignment to more than 60 countries around the world and to every continent. Soccer is his lifelong passion.

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