Soccer Counts!

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Perfect for soccer stars, this book features simple rhymes to help young readers count to fifteen. One ball, two keepers, three referees, and more add up to a great game.
Includes information about the history and rules of soccer.

An introduction to counting using the history, rules, and fun facts about soccer, the world's most popular game.

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Overview

Perfect for soccer stars, this book features simple rhymes to help young readers count to fifteen. One ball, two keepers, three referees, and more add up to a great game.
Includes information about the history and rules of soccer.

An introduction to counting using the history, rules, and fun facts about soccer, the world's most popular game.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Soccer fans can count from one to 15 with Soccer Counts! by Barbara Barbieri McGrath and Peter Alderman, illus. by Pau Estrada. Two lines of rhyme showcase the numbers, as in "Six substitutes wait on the sidelines to play./ If teammates get tired, they'll help them this day," with additional text providing information on soccer's rules and history. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Children will learn to count to fifteen while gaining some knowledge about soccer when reading this informative book. Easy reading accompanied by vibrant, colorful, illustrations makes this book interesting and fun for children and parents alike. Did you know the first soccer ball was a pig's bladder? Other interesting facts that are not well known are also given about soccer, such as a king who threatened to send anyone who played soccer to prison. Each page has some rules or facts about the game and how it is played. The illustrations also show the children playing the game, the field, and the equipment that is worn. The reader becomes aware of a lot of the details about this fun and lively game. Coaches of children's soccer may benefit from sharing this book with their team. Parents with children who play soccer would enjoy learning about the game along with their child. This educational book is well written and wonderfully illustrated. 2003, Charlesbridge, Ages 5 to 8.
— Cathi I. White
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-It's difficult to determine the audience for this concept book. Youngsters who normally might listen to a counting story may not be interested in the sports' rules. Similarly, six- and seven-year-old beginning players are probably past the counting-book stage. ESL students may be the best audience for this mixture. Each numeral (0-15) is accompanied by a rhymed couplet in large print. Occasionally, they lurch awkwardly in the cadence; others have forced rhymes. Smaller, italicized print provides the factual information. Gouache-and-ink illustrations are colorful and bright, filling entire pages, and serve to clarify the rules. An additional purchase.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This soccer-centered counting book is sure to be a winner with fans young and old. Two sets of text aim for the interest of all ages: rhyming couplets, colorful numbers, and objects to count keep little ones occupied, while older readers will enjoy the facts and history about the sport. Interesting tidbits include the history of the soccer ball, the positions of the players, and some of the rules and equipment needed to play the game. Estrada's drawings are bright and detailed, clearly illustrating the objects to be counted. Both authors and the illustrator do an excellent job of communicating the message that boys and girls of all ethnic backgrounds play the sport of soccer. A great read when the player isn't out on the field. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570915543
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 794,697
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Barbieri McGrath was a nursery school teacher before she dedicated herself to writing children's books full time. She is the author of THE LITTLE RED ELF, THE LITTLE GREEN WITCH, and many bestselling math concept books. Barbara lives in Natick, Massachussetts.

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