Maisy Plays Soccer

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Wow, look at the crowd! Maisy and friends play a rousing game of soccer in a read-aloud sure to have aspiring little players cheering.

Maisy and her friends can’t wait to play soccer! Maisy puts on her uniform, laces up her sneakers, and heads to the field. Charlie, Tallulah, and Dotty are on the blue team, while Maisy, Cyril, and Eddie are on the red. Let’s play! Soon enough the game heats up, with plenty of action, excitement, and suspense. Who will be the first team to make a...

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Overview

Wow, look at the crowd! Maisy and friends play a rousing game of soccer in a read-aloud sure to have aspiring little players cheering.

Maisy and her friends can’t wait to play soccer! Maisy puts on her uniform, laces up her sneakers, and heads to the field. Charlie, Tallulah, and Dotty are on the blue team, while Maisy, Cyril, and Eddie are on the red. Let’s play! Soon enough the game heats up, with plenty of action, excitement, and suspense. Who will be the first team to make a goal? Whatever the score, it’s all in good fun, and everyone is still the best of friends at the end!

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Sarah Harrison Smith
Cousins's sweet story could be useful for little children just starting out in a league, or for those on the sidelines watching older siblings play.
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Maisy is excited about playing soccer with her friends. She puts on her uniform and laces her sneakers. She remembers to take her water bottle, her teddy bear, and the soccer ball. Maisy, Cyril, and Eddie are on the red team. Dotty, Tallulah, and Charley are on the blue team. The referee blows the whistle and Maisy is the first to kick the ball. All the players get in on the action. The blue team makes the first goal. The players are hot and thirsty. They take a break and eat juicy oranges. The game gets exciting again as the teammates rush around trying to get the ball. The red team scores a goal. The game is over. It ends in a tie. The large illustrations feature clearly defined characters in bright primary colors. They will, of course, be familiar to Maisy’s many fans. This is both a fun introduction to soccer for young children and part of the “Maisy First Experiences” series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.; Ages 3 to 6.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-19
As she did for fairy tales in Yummy (2009), Cousins distills the world's most popular sport down to its most essential elements for the small fry. The Maisy First Experiences series continues with this entry into the world of toddler sports. Maisy and her cadre of faithful friends (Cyril, Eddie, Talullah, etc.) are ready to play a soccer game. Dividing themselves up into two teams of three, they have a lot of fun stretching, kicking and passing the ball to teammates. Halftime involves healthy snacks and swigs from water bottles, and then it's back onto the field. Naturally, the game ends in a tie, with spectators cheering both sides on in turn. Cousins does a good job of explaining potentially difficult facts, such as the concept of opposing teams or the role of the goalie. The good-natured tenor of the book emphasizes the fun to be had in a sport rather than the competitive drive. Further appealing to younger kids is her use of onomatopoeia (a kicked ball makes a "FOUMPHHH!" noise while a sharp "BOUF!" indicates a goal). This is not the only introductory book on soccer for very young children, but it is one kids will actually want to read on their own. Goooooooooal! (Picture book. 2-6)
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Maisy learns the rudiments of soccer, from lacing up your shoes to scoring a goal. Using language as straightforward as her primary-color palette, Cousins introduces the concepts of referees and whistles, healthy half-time snacks and even team spirit. (Maisy reassures an elephant who failed to block a strike: "Don’t worry, Eddie. You’ll save it next time.") Cousins’s sweet story could be useful for little children just starting out in a league, or for those on the sidelines watching older siblings play.
—The New York Times Online

As she did for fairy tales in "Yummy," Cousins distills the world’s most popular sport down to its most essential elements for the small fry. ... Cousins does a good job of explaining potentially difficult facts, such as the concept of opposing teams or the role of the goalie. The good-natured tenor of the book emphasizes the fun to be had in a sport rather than the competitive drive. Further appealing to younger kids is her use of onomatopoeia (a kicked ball makes a "FOUMPHHH!" noise while a sharp "BOUF!" indicates a goal). This is not the only introductory book on soccer for very young children, but it is one kids will actually want to read on their own. Goooooooooal!
—Kirkus Reviews

A sweet and charmingly simple series entry with a message about friendship and enjoying the game more than the competition. ... The best thing about these books is the distinctive, colorful illustrations. Drenched in primary and secondary colors, the animal characters all display personality and humor. These books continue to be popular with young children, and this one will not disappoint.
—School Library Journal

Young soccer players will enjoy the brief action scenes as well as the camaraderie on and off the field. With a short text and Cousins’ colorful, distinctive gouache paintings, this picture book will appeal to sports enthusiasts as well as fans of the Maisy series.
—Booklist Online

School Library Journal
04/01/2014
PreS-Gr 2—A sweet and charmingly simple series entry with a message about friendship and enjoying the game more than the competition. Maisy greets a new day with excitement because she and her friends are going to play soccer. Maisy, Cyril, and Eddie are on the red team, and Dotty, Tallulah and Charley are on the blue. They play a friendly game, encouraging and complimenting one another's moves no matter which team they are on. The game ends in a tie—a little pat, but considering the audience, it keeps the message clear. The best thing about these books is the distinctive, colorful illustrations. Drenched in primary and secondary colors, the animal characters all display personality and humor. These books continue to be popular with young children, and this one will not disappoint.—Mary Hazelton, formerly at Warren & Waldoboro Elementary Schools, ME
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763672287
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 5/13/2014
  • Series: Maisy Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 162,572
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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