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Hey, Coach! Guess what? I’m on your team. GOAL! This sprightly rhyming picture book captures all the fun and energy of very young children having a blast on the soccer field. Over the course of their first season, the players progress from unsure newcomers to enthusiastic good sports who love the game—and even score! The humor and the real-kid voices will have readers rooting for this spirited and determined team.
About the Author
Kim Smith has illustrated several books for children including Sterling’s Over the River & Through the Wood and The Twelve Days of Christmas in Canada. Kim lives in Canada with her husband, Eric, and their border terrier, Whisky, who is an aspiring soccer star. Visit Kim online at Kimillustration.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is an inspiring tale about a diverse group of spunky young kids that have no idea how to play the game of soccer. Their enthusiasm and determination to learn to play is incredible. They ban together, cheer each other on and after many practices and set backs such as: shin guards not staying on, a jersey that is way too long, shorts that are too loose, cleats too tight and perhaps a pinny that is on upside down, they beat all odds and finally beat their opponents. Brute determination leads them on to victory. Their loving, patient coach is forever their best mentor and cheerleader. He's always forgiving of their faux pas and forever there to support them come rain or shine. Written in rhyme the book's vibe is upbeat and energizing. The illustrations are simply magic. They depict a motley crew of adorable wanna-be soccer pros who actually have that dream fulfilled. Filled with humour and a spirit of unconditional love from the coach this is a book that will warm your heart. I highly recommend it.
Having watched my little cousin play pee wee football and not know which way he was going (at first), I can totally see that same childlike innocence in these adorable boys and girls as they learn to play soccer. The Coach in this book is charged with teaching newcomers as they learn the ins and outs of playing soccer. Choosing a name (the Sparks), the Coach leads the children through several practices and games. While they start off shakily and confused, they soon grow to love the sport--but most of all, their coach. Smith's illustrations are diverse, showing every type of boy and girl and their eager, excited expressions. This is the perfect book for teaching children about learning how to play a sport and sticking with it. It is also great for adults who may be thinking about coaching. Much like teaching, being a coach is more than just being on the field or in the classroom. It's about being a mentor and helping children be the best they can be. What a great lesson to learn!