South Africa: Explore the World Through Soccerby Ethan Zohn, David Rosenberg, Shawn Braley (Illustrator)
Demonstrating how the world’s most popular sport also serves as a common language across all cultures, communities, and ages, this unique handbook explores the diverse country of South Africa through the game of soccer. Documenting the experiences of real-life professional player Ethan Zohn, this guide follows Ethan and his soccer-playing friend Tawela
Demonstrating how the world’s most popular sport also serves as a common language across all cultures, communities, and ages, this unique handbook explores the diverse country of South Africa through the game of soccer. Documenting the experiences of real-life professional player Ethan Zohn, this guide follows Ethan and his soccer-playing friend Tawela through the home of the 2010 World Cup, as they study ancient cave art and wildlife preserves, observe the migration of whales, and view a professional soccer game at one of the biggest stadiums in the world. Generating engaging, culturally specific activities in math, science, language, geography, and art, this exciting overview includes mask making, hot air experiments, and even learning how to say “hello” in the 11 official languages of the country. Highlighting a beautiful corner of the planet, this reference also provides a chance to choose an actual help project in South Africa, encouraging kids to share their experiences at the Soccer World website.
"These books are terrific and any parent should be excited to share these with their childrenit's the perfect mix of education and soccer!" Mia Hamm
"I have traveled the world playing soccer. With Ethan's Soccer World books I can share with my son not only the fun of soccer, but the cultural and geographical importance of the world's greatest game! Soccer World is a kick that I will pass on to my son." Brandi Chastain
"That rare book that successfully combines history and science with human interest." Children's Literature
"This is a children's book written by a guy who is a child at heart." New York Times
"After the exciting 2010 World Cup in South Africa, young sports fans will grab this title in the Explore the World through Soccer series to follow up on the game and to learn more about the country . . . the open design and line-and-watercolor artwork will encourage browsing, and colored sidebars featuring science projects, crafts, and recipes add additional opportunities for interactive learning." Booklist
"It's only natural that we can use kids' obsession with this sport to get them interested in reading and world culture. Enter Nomad Press's innovative Soccer World series . . . In addition to the clear and easily accessible text and colorful illustrations, the books in this series also contain easy vocabulary, hands-on projects and activities (including recipes!), and a thorough glossary and index." teachwithpicturebooks.blogspot.com
"Former professional soccer player and Survivor: Africa winner, Ethan Zohn, uses his own personal experience to explore the diverse country of South Africa."
PlaySoccer: Magazine of the American Youth Soccer Organization
"Ethan Zohn's children's book is simply the best." Tonic.com
Meet the Author
Ethan Zohn is a professional soccer player, philanthropist, and lecturer. He was the season winner on Survivor: Africa. He is a cofounder of the African AIDS/HIV project Grassroot Soccer, and he has hosted the environmental travel series Earthtripping. He lives in New York City. David Rosenberg is an award-winning television and book author. He has written for the shows Rocket Power, Rugrats, and The Wild Thornberrys, and he has developed animated children’s programming for Walt Disney and Klasky Csupo. He was a contributor to the anthology Male and Female Under 18. He lives in Toluca Lake, California. Shawn Braley is an award-winning illustrator who specializes in cartoon and editorial illustration. His previous work includes Discover the Seven Wonders of the World, Human Body: 25 Fantastic Projects Illuminate How the Body Works, and World Myths and Legends. He lives in White River Junction, Vermont.
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