Children's Literature - Mary ClemensScore! Emergent readers are introduced to one of the most popular sports in the world, in this entry in the "Rookie Read-About Sports" series. The content provides a very basic introduction to the sport, relating ball movement, scoring and the role of the goalie. The text, written primarily in the second person, will actively involve the reader: "You get closer to the goal. You take the shot." Each page of text, which contains one to three sentences, is paired with a full-page photo. White space and a large font are used to good effect in making the text very approachable. The race and gender inclusive photographs are not only well-matched to the content, but very engaging, actively capturing the action being described. Useful to teach beginning readers the parts of a nonfiction book, the title contains a table of contents and chapter headings. The closing matter includes soccer fun facts, a photo glossary and index. Readers seeking additional information on the subject are directed to Scholastic's Facts for Now web site which provides links to articles from the New Book of Knowledge and related websites. A two-page spread, cleverly entitled "Score points for..." highlights good sportsmanship and staying fit. A winning introduction, suitable for school and public libraries.
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