Hunter and Stripe and the Soccer Showdown

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Laura Elliott and Lynn Munsinger's adorable raccoon pair test their friendship once again -- this time amidst the pressure of a soccer competition.

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Overview

Laura Elliott and Lynn Munsinger's adorable raccoon pair test their friendship once again -- this time amidst the pressure of a soccer competition.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The best buds from Hunter's Best Friend at School, which PW called "a kid-pleasing tale about resisting peer pressure," find themselves in a tense situation once more in Hunter & Stripe and the Soccer Showdown by Laura Malone Elliott, illus. by Lynn Munsinger. Each cheers on the other's team (both raccoons' fathers act as coaches), until they become opponents on the field. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The fur can fly when best friends become sports rivals. Laura Malone Elliott gives young readers a peek at the changing dynamics in Hunter and Stripe and the Soccer Showdown. From helping one another learn to read and wearing identical Halloween costumes, two boy raccoons end up not speaking when they play on different soccer teams. But at the big game when their fathers (the volunteer coaches) launch into a high-pitched argument over a close call, Hunter and Stripe start to giggle and soon it feels "great to be sharing a joke again." The two young buddies are able to make up their differences, play their best, and deal gracefully with winning and losing. Elliott handles this fraught topic with humor and a clear sense of how kids can grow and mature emotionally by learning to be good sports. This book is a winner, especially with illustrator Lynn Munsinger's energetic raccoons kicking, dribbling and racing across the pages. 2005, HarperCollins, Ages 4 to 7.
—Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-In this sequel to Hunter's Best Friend at School (HarperCollins, 2002), two raccoon friends enjoy playing soccer. However, they are on opposing teams and end up playing against each other for the league championship. One team is victorious in the end, but the conclusion is coupled with a subtle, yet humorous, message that even parents can enjoy. Munsinger's bright cartoon illustrations enhance the soccer action with exceptionally expressive facial features on the players as well as on the coaches who argue on the field. Beginning soccer fans will ask for repeat readings of this story.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
"Winning isn't everything," coach Vince Lombardi famously said, "it's the only thing." Or is it? Elliott's story appreciates that "how you play the game" provides the crucial balance, not to mention the art and sustenance of the athlete, when one team necessarily has to lose. Raccoon mates Hunter and Stripe are back, and this time they find themselves on opposing sides in a game between their unbeaten teams. The competitive drive rears its head and they have a minor falling out. Hunter's sister provides some insight: "Sports should celebrate the amazing things we can do-no matter who wins." Hunter is mystified-it's a big step to take-but he takes it, along with Stripe, when they witness their fathers, as coaches of their respective teams, being over-competitive goofballs. Elliott neatly separates pleasure from instinct, while Munsinger's stumpy, zealous characters add the right degree of empathy and laughs. (Picture book. 4-7)
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“A story touched with humor and sympathy and about what matters most, on and off the field.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060527594
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/2/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Malone Elliott is the author of the award-winning Hunter's Best Friend at School, Hunter's Big Sister, Hunter & Stripe and the Soccer Showdown, and the first story about Sam and Mary Ann, A String of Hearts, also illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. As L. M. Elliott, she has written books for older readers, including the highly praised Under a War-Torn Sky; its sequel, A Troubled Peace; Flying South; Annie, Between the States; and Give Me Liberty. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children.

Lynn Munsinger has illustrated many favorite books for children, including The Teeny Tiny Ghost and Whooo's Haunting the Teeny Tiny Ghost? by Kay Winters. She divides her time between Vermont and Massachusetts.

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