Winners Never Quit!

Winners Never Quit!

by Mia Hamm, Carol Thompson
     
 

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From the most recognizable name in women's soccer comes a book about winning and losing, but most of all, teamwork. Mia Hamm, the ultimate role model for female athletes, draws from her own experiences to show that quitters never win, whether it is on the field or in the classroom.

As one of six competitive siblings, Mia would often quit a game rather than

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Overview

From the most recognizable name in women's soccer comes a book about winning and losing, but most of all, teamwork. Mia Hamm, the ultimate role model for female athletes, draws from her own experiences to show that quitters never win, whether it is on the field or in the classroom.

As one of six competitive siblings, Mia would often quit a game rather than lose. Her brothers and sisters eventually refused to play with her at all until Mia came to understand what it meant to be part of a team. Carol Thompson's vivid illustrations bring this story to life, and full-color photographs show Mia in action on the field, as well as the family that helped her become a star.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Even superstar athletes don't come out on top every time. That's the name of the game in this slight picture book about soccer phenomenon Hamm's early lessons in being a good sport. Young Mia loves the cheers she receives when she routinely scores soccer goals in the local games with her siblings and friends. But when things don't go her way-and the ball doesn't go into the net-Mia announces "I quit!" Her poor attitude gets her left out of the action, as nobody likes to play with a whiner and a quitter. "If you can't learn to lose, you can't play," warns Mia's older sister Lovdy. Fortunately, the heroine has an epiphany ("She didn't hate losing as much as she loved soccer") and before long Mia's back, sporting her shin guards. Hamm's (Go for the Goal) message, sure to reach a wide audience of young soccer fans, is important, even if the delivery is a bit on the trite side. Thompson's (A New Room for William) loose-edged pencil-and-watercolor compositions, in both vignettes and full-page scenes, capture the zippy energy of the kids on the field. A brief author's note, scrapbook-style spread and frame-ready autographed photo bring this attractive package to a close. Ages 4-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This light-hearted tale by a real-life female sports heroine begins with her early soccer-playing days. One day, when she cannot seem to score, she quits; she'd rather quit than lose. Her friends do not want to play with her any more if she can't learn to lose. She finally realizes that she wants to play; that playing is more important than winning or losing. A final direct message from Mia herself reinforces the simple but important lesson: learn how to play as part of a team and how to lose gracefully. Right from the jacket picture of an active young girl chasing a soccer ball throughout the multiple images inside as she makes her choices there is a consistent spirit of high enthusiasm, a spilling over of energy flowing from the pages. Thompson's watercolor sketches obviously derive from observations of youngsters at play. Along with a personal message, there are photographs of a grown-up Hamm in action at the end for interested fans. But they do not convey as much fun as the illustrations. 2004, HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 4 to 7.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Mia's favorite sport is soccer but she hates losing. In fact, she dislikes it so much that she quits in the middle of a game. Upset about her attitude, her siblings do not let her participate the next day. Mia learns quickly that there will be times when she will score a goal and those when she will not, but playing the game is the most fun of all. Bright, energetic cartoons depict the child's ups and downs. Attractive endpapers contain colorful sketches of the girl progressing from birth (showing a soccer ball given as a baby gift) through stretching activities, trials of not scoring, and the final celebration of the sport. The text represents the mixed feelings of all athletes learning the game. Parents or coaches wanting a story about the joy of playing soccer without emphasizing winning or losing will find an appropriate read-aloud here.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060740504
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/17/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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