I Kick the Ball/Pateo El Balon

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"I kick the ball. BAM! BOOM! POW!" Young Toñito dreams constantly about playing soccer. He imagines himself hitting the ball with his knee, his foot, his head. In his mind's eye, Toñito can run as fast as a race car. He can leap into the air like a fish jumping out of the ocean. He sees his name on the back of his red jersey. He hears the roar of the crowd as he scores a goal. They chant his name: "Toñito! Toñito! Toñito! But then his mother yells louder than the crowd in his head, and she reminds him about homework, dinner and family time. When
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"I kick the ball. BAM! BOOM! POW!" Young Toñito dreams constantly about playing soccer. He imagines himself hitting the ball with his knee, his foot, his head. In his mind's eye, Toñito can run as fast as a race car. He can leap into the air like a fish jumping out of the ocean. He sees his name on the back of his red jersey. He hears the roar of the crowd as he scores a goal. They chant his name: "Toñito! Toñito! Toñito! But then his mother yells louder than the crowd in his head, and she reminds him about homework, dinner and family time. When he goes to bed, he knows that tomorrow he'll have to go to school and do his homework. But he also knows he'll play soccer again. "I'll dream what I do. I'll do what I dream. I'll kick the ball tomorrow. Bam! Boom! Pow!" Crowd-pleasing author Gwendolyn Zepeda writes a dynamic story about a young soccer player that is sure to spark readers' enthusiasm for both reading and dreaming big. The lively text is complemented by Pablo Torrecilla's vibrant and spirited illustrations of Toñito buzzing around a field, hitting soccer balls with every part of his body. Children ages 4-8 will be inspired to go outside and play the world's most popular sport.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this bilingual outing, soccer-obsessed Toñito exuberantly relays his love of the game. Toñito's outdoor practice is interrupted by homework and dinner, but soon enough he's playing again while he dreams. Unlike its protagonist, Zepeda's story loses some steam, with spreads devoted to chores, watching TV, and imagining future chores and TV watching. Torrecilla's characters are lithe and expressive, especially Toñito and his competitors at play. The book's design, though, weakens the art's impact: spot art separates the English and Spanish text at left, but uses the same images that appear opposite, making the spreads feel like a sort of clip art assemblage. Ages 4–8. (June)
Library Journal
"Bursztyn sustains her clever and imaginative text with playful and dreamlike illustrations. This beautiful bilingual book stands out for its artistic design and the balance between the author's verbal and visual message. Both the English and Spanish texts make for enjoyable read-alouds."
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—Toñito likes to spend his time kicking around a soccer ball. He likes to kick it fast and far and lets his imagination go along for the ride. He envisions himself playing in a stadium in a red jersey with his name on the back. The crowds cheer as he scores a goal, but the sound of his mother's call brings him back to reality. Even at night, he dreams of playing soccer and jumping so high that he takes off like a rocket. When he wakes up, he knows that he can look forward to playing soccer, after homework and chores. This story will inspire children and remind them that, with determination and perseverance, dreams can and do come true. Toñito's passion for the sport is infectious and can be easily applied to other interests. The Spanish translation is true to the English version and slightly more poetic. The colorful illustrations depict Toñito's dreams with the fancy of any young boy.—Roberto Zapata, San Antonio Public Library, TX
Children's Literature - Ramirose I. Attebury
For every child who has the dream to be a soccer star, this is a book to read. Playing the game permeates young Tonito's every waking thought and runs through his dreams each night. Sure, he has to wash dishes, do homework, and eat supper with his family, but he would much rather be kicking the ball faster, farther, and better. He knows that his drive will make him a superstar. His name will be in sporting magazines and thousands of fans will cheer him on from the stands. Going to school and watching TV with his family are just things to pass the time until he wears a real jersey with his name on it and plays soccer as a full time job. Although this book undeniably places sports over academics, it provides an excellent opportunity to introduce sports-loving reluctant readers to a good book. With bilingual text and creative illustrations to match, this book will find an appropriate home in both public and school libraries of all sizes. Reviewer: Ramirose I. Attebury
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—Toñito likes to spend his time kicking around a soccer ball. He likes to kick it fast and far and lets his imagination go along for the ride. He envisions himself playing in a stadium in a red jersey with his name on the back. The crowds cheer as he scores a goal, but the sound of his mother's call brings him back to reality. Even at night, he dreams of playing soccer and jumping so high that he takes off like a rocket. When he wakes up, he knows that he can look forward to playing soccer, after homework and chores. This story will inspire children and remind them that, with determination and perseverance, dreams can and do come true. Toñito's passion for the sport is infectious and can be easily applied to other interests. The Spanish translation is true to the English version and slightly more poetic. The colorful illustrations depict Toñito's dreams with the fancy of any young boy.—Roberto Zapata, San Antonio Public Library, TX
Kirkus Reviews

With an underlying message of good nutrition and daily exercise, Zepeda introduces a young boy struggling to balance school and chores with his dreams of future soccer stardom.

After school, Toñito is on his suburban front lawn with his soccer ball. Lost in a fantasy world, he runs as fast as a race car, kicks his ball high in the sky and jumps as high as a fish. He is playing soccer before imaginary cheering crowds when he finally hears his mother's call of "Toñito! TOÑITO! Luis Antonio!" Toñito completes his homework and willingly eats his dinner of chicken, cabbage, spinach, rice and fruit, describing how each of these foods fuels "his soccer machine." Soon it is time for bed, where the young boy's active imagination carries over into his dreams. The first-person tale concludes with Toñito's opportune realization that he can attain his dreams if he maintains his healthy lifestyle. Torrecilla's vibrant full-page, animation-inspired illustrations often feature multiple dynamic versions of Toñito, mirroring the energetic and occasionally onomatopoeic text. On facing pages, smaller illustrations separate bilingual text blocks (English over Spanish), which vary in length, complexity and subtlety. Bilingual text, a focus on the imagination and inventive visual elements save this story from the overt didacticism typical in health and nutrition picture books.

A good bet for young soccer fans. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558856882
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2011
  • Language: Spanish
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,373,649
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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