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Madlenka Soccer Star

Madlenka Soccer Star

by Peter Sís
     
 

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Madlenka—that cosmopolitan little girl whose city block is a world of its own—is 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 game—the mailbox, a dog, even a parking meter, but especially all the neighborhood cats, and there are enough of them to

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Madlenka—that cosmopolitan little girl whose city block is a world of its own—is 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 game—the 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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"In the universe, on a planet, on a continent, in a country, in a city, on a block, in a house, lives a little girl named Madlenka, who dreams of being a soccer star." 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. Dribbling along the street, Madlenka challenges everything she meets, from mailboxes to parking meters (which have eyes, limbs, and surprised expressions) and a team of cats. Endnotes about the history and global love of the game drive home the message: "The whole world wants to play soccer!" Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
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“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

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Young Madlenka, heroine of previous worldly adventures in her neighborhood, dreams of becoming a soccer star. She dribbles her new soccer ball out the door and around the corner to find friends to play with. Her imagination provides many, none of which can stop her. The mailbox is too slow; she outmaneuvers the dog; the parking meter; the trashcan. "Nothing can stop her." Then she takes on a team of cats and scores a goal. Suddenly a crowd is cheering her. Then it's back to reality. Other youngsters soon join her and her friend Cleopatra, for "The whole world wants to play soccer!" Her story begins as we look through a hole cut in the paper jacket's picture of her apartment courtyard to see Madlenka kicking the ball. On the cover she is surrounded by the soccer-playing cats. The characters she engages are depicted in color but the city streets and buildings are produced with thin black lines creating an overall gray environment. The end pages take us from the courtyard in expanding views to Manhattan Island and back. On the final pages are factual details of "The History of Soccer" and the world surrounded by the word "soccer" in over forty languages. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—By now most children know that "in the universe, on a planet, on a continent, in a country, in a city, on a block, in a house, lives a little girl named Madlenka." They're familiar with the multiethnic, multicultural neighborhood that has provided her with many global experiences. In this latest episode, Madlenka wants to be a soccer star. In her search for a partner, she tries playing with the mailbox, a dog, a parking meter, a garbage can, and team of soccer-playing cats before her friend Cleopatra and all of the neighborhood kids join her game. Sís once again brings Madlenka's neighborhood to life in his familiar maplike depiction. He captures one little girl's excitement and spreads it throughout the neighborhood. Global enthusiasm becomes visual in the final pages where a brief soccer history and fun facts are written on the face of a large soccer ball. The circular shape is mirrored on the opposite page with a globe surrounded by conversation balloons speaking "soccer" in more than 40 languages. The obvious appeal of this book is for kids who play and love the sport; however, it will also prompt discussion about the commonalities of people: "The whole world wants to play soccer!"—Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
Kirkus Reviews

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374347024
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
AD330L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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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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