This Is Soccer

This Is Soccer

by Margaret Blackstone, John O'Brien
     
 

From juggling and dribbling to shooting and saving, this action-packed introduction to soccer covers the ups and downs of a field game as two coed youth teams go head-to-head. Young children get a firsthand look at this popular sport as players run and tumble, dribble and pass, and shoot and score throughout the game.

Margaret Blackstone's bouncy verse and John

Overview


From juggling and dribbling to shooting and saving, this action-packed introduction to soccer covers the ups and downs of a field game as two coed youth teams go head-to-head. Young children get a firsthand look at this popular sport as players run and tumble, dribble and pass, and shoot and score throughout the game.

Margaret Blackstone's bouncy verse and John O' Brien's humorous illustrations make learning about soccer as much fun as scoring the winning goal.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-K-As in This Is Baseball (1995) and This Is Figure Skating (1998, both Holt), Blackstone uses short and descriptive sentences that often rhyme to introduce the basic equipment and plays of a sport. The brief text captures the fluid movement of a soccer game as two coed teams compete and spectators cheer them on. In the colorful and large illustrations, O'Brien successfully portrays action with his angular lines of players speeding across the field. Unfortunately, most of the athletes have blank facial features as evidenced by the slight slits for mouths and expressionless eyes. These deadpan faces hardly portray the love that participants have for this popular sport. Also, any child who has played this game for a minimum of one season will be well beyond the information in this book and would be using more advanced soccer vocabulary. With more substantial story lines, Leonard Kessler's Old Turtle's Soccer Team (Greenwillow, 1988), Jean Marzollo's Soccer Sam (Random, 1987), and Jonathan London's Froggy Plays Soccer (Viking, 1999) are better yarns about the game. The information in This Is Soccer is slight, and it doesn't work as a story in spite of the fictional format.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
As two young teams face off, a spare, staccato text relates the ever-changing action on the soccer field. Blackstone starts with the basics: "This is a soccer ball. This is a cleat. And this is a soccer player." Next, she emphasizes the fancy footwork involved and introduces the teams. Then comes the kickoff, and some "running and jumping, bumping and sliding, dribble, pass, pass, dribble, faster, faster, dribble, pass-KICK! This is an overhead shot." With a potential goal, the goalie launches himself into space trying to catch the ball, the crowd goes wild, and the ball lands in the net. Blackstone (This Is Maine, 1995, etc.) emphasizes that there's always more shooting than scoring in soccer; sometimes the final score is "zero to zero." O'Brien's illustrations capture the feeling of full-tilt playing, showing quick turns and sudden stops, moving in for close-ups and backing up for a distant pan of the whole field. In a humorous visual subplot, an unperturbed fan sets out his lawn chair on the title page and sleeps through the entire game. It's a bonus in an already inviting introduction to the fast-paced and fleet-footed game of soccer. (Picture book. 6-10) .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805028010
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Series:
This Is Soccer Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.42(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author


Margaret Blackstone is the author of two other sports books for children: This Is Baseball and This Is Figure Skating. She lives with her son, Dash, in New York City.

John O' Brien is the illustrator of This Is Baseball and This is Figure Skating, as well as many other books for young readers. He divides his time between Florida and New Jersey.

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