Madlenka Soccer Starby Peter Sís
Madlenkathat cosmopolitan little girl whose city block is a world of its ownis back and ready to play! When she dribbles her brand new soccer ball out the door and around the corner, it seems that everyone wants to get in the gamethe mailbox, a dog, even a parking meter, but especially all the neighborhood cats, and there are enough of them to
Madlenkathat cosmopolitan little girl whose city block is a world of its ownis back and ready to play! When she dribbles her brand new soccer ball out the door and around the corner, it seems that everyone wants to get in the gamethe mailbox, a dog, even a parking meter, but especially all the neighborhood cats, and there are enough of them to make a team. But they're no match for Madlenka, who scores the winning goal.
Three-time Caldecott Honoree Peter Sis rides the rising tide of soccer enthusiasm to score another winner.
“Imagination is everything, keeping Madlenka moving until the other children of the neighborhood begin to appear in the courtyard. A tribute to the pleasures of kicking a ball around, by yourself or with others.” The Chicago Tribune
“Sis's illustrations live up to his reputation, with the apartment buildings in muted shades of grey, standing protectively round the soccer field. A brief history of soccer follows the story of Madlenka, with a map of the countries where the sport is played, and with "soccer" translated into the word by which it is known in each country.” San Francisco Book Review
“Sís once again brings Madlenka's neighborhood to life in his familiar maplike depiction.” School Library Journal
“Madlenka's home remains a place that's at once familiar and fantastic, where no one, not even the trash cans, can avoid soccer fever.” Publishers Weekly
“Sís cleverly fuses the ethnically diverse makeup of a Manhattan neighborhood with a fanciful scene of Madlenka and Cleopatra playing soccer with children from around the world.” Horn Book
For fans fresh off the excitement of the World Cup, joyful Madlenka is back, but she's not walking around the block—this time she's dribbling, turning and twisting with her brand-new soccer ball. Is there anyone who can challenge her? On the way to the courtyard, Madlenka meets many worthy opponents, all of whom come to life in her irrepressible imagination. The mailbox has a chance to steal the ball, but it's too clunky. The parking meter is more agile, but Madlenka still darts past. Can the pack of cats stop her? No way. GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! The cheer reverberates in a bursting double-page spread. Cleopatra and other friends from the block join Madlenka at the courtyard. Although this Madlenka adventure forgoes travel to exotic lands, the familiar global orientation is still shown in her multicultural playmates. A story not quite as intricate as the exuberant girl's fans might hope; nevertheless, a sweet, vuvuzela-free homage to a beloved sport around the globe. (history of soccer endnote, "soccer" pronunciation guide) (Picture book. 4-8)
Meet the Author
PETER SÍS's two previous books about Madlenka, Madlenka and Madlenka's Dog, have won the hearts of children all around the world. Mr. Sís lives in New York City.
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