I Kick the Ball/Pateo El Balonby Gwendolyn Zepeda, Pablo Torrecilla
"I kick the ball. BAM! BOOM! POW!" Young To�ito dreams constantly about playing soccer. He imagines himself hitting the ball with his knee, his foot, his head. In his mind's eye, To�ito 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: "To�ito! To�ito! To�ito! 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 To�ito 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.
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)
- Arte Publico Press
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- 11.10(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.30(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
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