My First Soccer Game: A Book with Foldout Pages

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Playful text and striking photographs help young readers prepare for their very first soccer game!

This 9 x 9 paper-over-board book features bright photos and whimsical drawn images set against reassuring, instructional text. Cardstock pages include large fold-out panels which feature detailed step-by-step soccer moves and instructions. Each cardstock page folds out into a large 18 X 18 inch page filled with helpful info to prepare little soccer players for that exciting first ...

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Overview

Playful text and striking photographs help young readers prepare for their very first soccer game!

This 9 x 9 paper-over-board book features bright photos and whimsical drawn images set against reassuring, instructional text. Cardstock pages include large fold-out panels which feature detailed step-by-step soccer moves and instructions. Each cardstock page folds out into a large 18 X 18 inch page filled with helpful info to prepare little soccer players for that exciting first game. Thanks to this delightfully interactive book, aspiring soccer stars can practice wherever they go!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Eleanor Heldrich
All of the illustrations in this book are photographs of real boys and girls who appear to be between four and six years old. All are wearing uniforms of white shirts and socks with black shorts and shoes. The boys outnumber girls four to one. Except for the first page all of the pages have full-page flaps that lift up to reveal two more pages. The first six pages are exercises to do before playing. Then the referee blows a whistle to start the play. The next pages show how to move the ball using only your feet. Players kick the ball, dribble and pass it to another player, and learn how to stop the ball using only their feet. Finally, they try to shoot the ball into the goal, but there is a goalkeeper, and he is the only player who can use his hands! The last pages show teamwork and the positions players have on the field. But most of all early childhood soccer is about making friends and having fun. If soccer is available for your pre-school child, you will be thrilled to find this book. Just seeing it will make you smile. Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich
School Library Journal
PreS-K—It seems as though it's never too early to get youngsters up and moving and ready to play soccer. The text and photos capture their exuberance as they play this popular game. Foldout pages are organized around counting up from one to four several times. For example, children meet new teammates and make friends while they get ready to play: Numeral one-follow the leader; two—balance on one foot; three—stretch; and four—ready to play. The count begins again as readers review words such as dribbling, passing, and stopping the ball, as well as shooting and kicking. The author also mentions team positions and a few basic rules such as players not using their hands while playing. Important terms are highlighted in blue. Both the attractive, colorful photographs and font size are large enough for group viewing. The bottom line is the emphasis on having fun. The necessary shin guards are not readily apparent in the photos, but the goalie gloves are given a prominent spot on one page. Coaches or group sports leaders can use this book as an introduction for young audiences.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442427471
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 8/30/2011
  • Series: My First Series
  • Pages: 14
  • Sales rank: 309,599
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alyssa Satin Capucilli is the award-winning creator and author of the Katy Duck and Biscuit series. A dancer as well as a writer, she lives with her family in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

Leyah Jensen studied photography at the Rhode Island School of Design, but her journey in photography began much earlier. As a toddler of a professional photographer, she was often staged in tutus or with a finger in the nose. Growing older, she helped lug equipment to places like Tijuana, where her father was basing a children’s book. Then in her teens she completed several photojournalism assignments abroad of her own, through children’s organizations such as Compassion and other orphan relief agencies. My First Ballet Class is her third children’s book to photograph. Her own experiences as a child model have taught her that you can’t capture the magic of childhood unless the subjects are free to truly be themselves.

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