South Africa: Explore the World Through Soccer

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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...

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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.

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teachwithpicturebooks.blogspot.com
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 key vocabulary, hands-on projects and activities (including recipes!), and a thorough glossary and index.
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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.
From the Publisher

"These books are terrific and any parent should be excited to share these with their children—it'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

Children's Literature - Leona Illig
Ethan Zohn, a real life professional soccer player, invites the reader to take a trip with him to South Africa. He meets a new friend there, an eight-year-old girl named Tawela, who shows him how they play "street soccer" in her country. The two of them later travel to Johannesburg, where they watch a soccer match played in front of tens of thousands of people. Along the way, they visit unusual places and learn about the geography, customs, and cultures of South Africa. They also discover a wealth of information about physics, geology, and other sciences. This is that rare book that successfully combines history and science with human interest. Told in first person by Mr. Zohn, the story immediately captures and holds the attention of the reader. Mr. Zohn often addresses the reader with thought-provoking comments intended to get his audience to picture what life is like in other countries. The scientific information is reinforced by the inclusion in the book of simple experiments that children can perform with the aid of grown-ups. The book stresses the idea of soccer as a means to bring people together to build cooperation and understanding. Mr. Zohn and his co-author, David Rosenberg, emphasize that they "want to make a difference for those who need our help," and at the back of the book they provide suggestions for readers on ways to support charitable groups benefiting South Africa. Mr. Zohn has proven himself to be an able ambassador for soccer and for people around the globe in this book, which is intended to be the first in a series of "Soccer World" books. Reviewer: Leona Illig
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Gr 2–5—A chatty introduction to South Africa using the theme of playing soccer as a universal language. Beginning with a map, the authors touch on the topography, ethnic groups, and various languages that are represented in the country. However, they try to do too much by adding a couple of science experiments, a traditional recipe, and a recycling craft. Illustrations are colorful and add cartoonlike liveliness to the text. While children may recognize Zohn's name as one who dribbled a soccer ball 550 miles from Boston to Washington, DC, adults will know him from reality television shows. It is admirable that the concluding chapter discusses making a difference in the world through participating in charitable groups, but the skewed focus of the book makes it merely a supplemental purchase.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934670538
  • Publisher: Nomad Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Soccer World Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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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