Pele, King of Soccer/Pele, El rey del futbol

Overview

Do you know how a poor boy from Brazil who loved f?tbol more than anything else became the biggest soccer star the world has ever known? Turn the pages of this book to read the true life story of Pel?, King of Soccer, the first man in the history of the sport to score a thousand goals and become a living legend. Rudy Guti?rrez's dynamic illustrations make award-winning author Monica Brown's story of this remarkable sports hero truly come alive!

?Sabes c?mo un ni?o brasile?o pobre que amaba el f?tbol m?s que nada ...

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Overview

Do you know how a poor boy from Brazil who loved fútbol more than anything else became the biggest soccer star the world has ever known? Turn the pages of this book to read the true life story of Pelé, King of Soccer, the first man in the history of the sport to score a thousand goals and become a living legend. Rudy Gutiérrez's dynamic illustrations make award-winning author Monica Brown's story of this remarkable sports hero truly come alive!

¿Sabes cómo un niño brasileño pobre que amaba el fútbol más que nada en el mundo se convirtió en la estrella más importante del deporte? Lee este relato y entérate de la historia de Pelé, El rey del fútbol; el primer hombre en la historia del deporte capaz de marcar mil goles y convertirse en una leyenda viva. Las dinámicas ilustraciones de Rudy Gutiérrez destacan vívidamente los momentos recreados por la escritora premiada Mónica Brown en este extraordinario libro.

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Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
“Gutierrez[’s] high-energy, full-bleed illustrations...kick up...this tribute to Pele, still soccer’s O Rei (The King).”
NBCLatino.com
“With great skill, Brown tells the story of the poor boy from Brazil who loved fútbol more than anything else and became the biggest soccer star the world has ever known.”
ALA Booklist
"Gutierrez[’s] high-energy, full-bleed illustrations...kick up...this tribute to Pele, still soccer’s O Rei (The King)."
NBCLatino.com
"With great skill, Brown tells the story of the poor boy from Brazil who loved fútbol more than anything else and became the biggest soccer star the world has ever known."
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
The life of Pele, "King of Soccer," begins in a town in Brazil, where he has to work hard to help his poor family. He plays soccer with his friends and with his father, promising his father to win a World Cup for him and for Brazil some day. At fifteen, Pele is invited to join a professional team; at seventeen he plays in the World Cup final and fulfills his vow. Pele helps win two more World Cups for Brazil, and becomes the first player to score a thousand goals. The tale is told clearly and succinctly in both languages. Visualized in mixed media on double pages teeming with additional images from life, the story's impression is one of intense, fluid color. Shapes flow into bands of decorations across the pages with pictures of Pele in action dominating his teammates and crowds as he races after a ball or kicks a pass. From the expanding spiral on the jacket to the end of his famous "bicycle kick," emotions are kept at high pitch. Added information about Pele and his life is included. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

Gr 2-5

This bilingual account of the Brazilian superstar's life opens by sweeping readers up in a big game. Brisk sentences and well-chosen similes vividly capture the scenes in English and in Spanish: "Watch as the famous number 10 flips the soccer ball.... Pelé runs across the field like a cheetah, dribbling like a dancer." The page turns, el rey scores the goal, and the next page flashes back to his impoverished childhood, describing how he and his friends used whatever materials were at hand to play "the beautiful game." Brown also imagines dialogue between young Pelé and his father to illustrate how the player's love of family and country drove him to excel on the field. The direct prose effectively tells the soccer hero's story, but Gutiérrez's illustrations give the book an exciting burst of energy. Bold, wavy lines across the pages convey the vigor and panache of World Cup soccer. Text and pictures collaborate seamlessly on the final spread, which marks one of Pelé's greatest achievements. The bright, energetic illustrations and subject matter will make this a popular choice with children.-Mary Landrum, Lexington Public Library, KY

Kirkus Reviews
This beautifully designed story of soccer's best athlete begins in the midst of a game with the star about to score. "Pele! Pele! O Rei! Pele! The King!" shouts the roaring crowd. Brown's exuberant introduction transitions to a more sedate narrative that depicts the poor but hopeful upbringing of a boy in a small Brazilian town, playing soccer with nothing but a grapefruit or a newspaper-filled sock. When ten-year-old Pele sees his father's disappointment after Brazil's World Cup loss, his promise to win one for his dad foreshadows his hard work and escalating talent. Gutierrez's alluring multi-style gouache paintings swoop and swirl with energy and color. An abstract Pele in a sweeping, action-filled kick appears against more realistic portraits of a boy and his father, all superimposed over backgrounds and borders that reflect indigenous patterns. The stunning images place Pele's achievements within the context of his native country. Told in a dual English/Spanish text, this inspiring blend of art and story scores a winning goal. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061227790
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/23/2008
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 184,421
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Monica Brown is the author of Pele, King Of Soccer/Pele, El rey del futbol and Side by Side/Lado a lado as well as the Pura Belpre Honor winners My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia and My Name Is Gabito/Mi Llamo Gabito. Monica lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, with her husband and two daughters.

Monica Brown es la autora de Pele, King Of Soccer/Pele, El rey del futbol y Side by Side/Lado a lado, y de los libros ganadores del Honor Pura Belpré My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia y My Name Is Gabito/Mi Llamo Gabito. Monica vive en Flagstaff, Arizona, con su marido y sus dos hijas.

Rafael Lopez is the award-winning illustrator of My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia and Book Fiesta! Rafael divides his time between his studios in the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and a loft in downtown San Diego, where he works and lives with his wife and son.

Rafael Lopez es el ilustrador premiado de My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia y Book Fiesta! Rafael divide su tiempo entre sus talleres en San Miguel de Allende, Mexico y San Diego, California.

Rudy Gutierrez spent many days playing stickball and cards with his father and listening to stories about his life. Rudy's memories of his dad's character, honesty, and optimism inspired his illustrations in this book.

Rudy teaches at the Pratt Institute. He received a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators and was commissioned to do art for the acclaimed Santana Shaman CD cover. He also illustrated Malcolm X, an ALA Notable Children's Book. Rudy lives in Bogota, New Jersey.

El trabajo del premiado artista Rudy Gutiérrez se ha exhibido por todos los Estados Unidos e internacionalmente. También creó el arte para la cubierta del CD de Santana llamado Shaman. Rudy es profesor en el Instituto Pratt y vive en Bogota, Nueva Jersey.

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