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Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
Singling out several all-time soccer greats, Gifford focuses on many men and women who continue to exhibit extraordinary athletic skill, a canny approach to the game, and exemplify the necessary vision to rise above the "every day players." The table of contents gives a basic outline of his approach, revealing that some history of soccer and information about its most famous player is accompanied by "Need-to Know Words" that appear in the text in bold letters as well as online resources, and an index. Each page includes a larger font to present basic information and a somewhat smaller-sized font for additional data. Beginning readers will find the text—Goals win games!—quite accessible when read with an adult or a more accomplished reader. Information on Brazilian player Rogerio Ceni, who has scored many goals in his career, most of which were from free kicks is introduced with the question, "What make Ceni so special?" to draw interaction and predictions from the reader and lead to the conclusion that he also is a goalkeeper. Readers also learn in the information box on the page with Mia Hamm's picture about her "incredible 158 goals for the U. S. women's team." Packed with facts and full-color photos beginning with Dixie Dean of the English club Everton from 1925 and proceeding to a 2008 photo of Pele and David Beckham, this book covers a wide range of players. Fact boxes and "tidbits" are cleverly sprinkled over some of the double- and single-page spreads to break up the text for beginning readers. Oddities are described, such as the strangest "transfer fee" (money paid to move a player from one team to another) when Hughie McLenahan was traded in 1927 for "three freezers full of ice cream." This fact is amazing considering that Dimitar Berbatov was transferred in 2008 for a fee of $47.3 million USD. Not intended as an in-depth look at soccer, this title reveals some of the reasons particular players outshine others. "He could weave past defenders with ease," accompanies the photograph of Diego Maradona from Argentina. Good sportsmanship, leadership, and ability combine to create outstanding "legends," including such greats as Pele, Johan Cruyff, Gianlugig Buffon, Bobby Moore, Zinedine Zidane, Paolo Maldini, Marta Vieira da Silva, and many others. Reviewer: Sheilah Egan

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780778737995
Publisher:
Crabtree Publishing Company
Publication date:
01/15/2009
Series:
Crabtree Contact, #16
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile:
IG720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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