Find the Courage to Try Something New
When Maria's family moves to a new town, her parents sign her up for the summer soccer team to help her meet new friends. But Maria has never tried soccer before. She would rather be back on her old swim team. Maria is afraid she will be the worst player and no one will like her.
Coach Tony and Coach Lauren remind Maria everything is new at first. Maria will have to give soccer a try to see if she likes it. What have you wanted to try but were afraid to? Like Maria, you can have the courage to try something new, because who knows? That new thing you try might just become your next favorite thing!
Join the Team!
The Team Dungy series of picture books for young readers, ages 6-9, teaches character-building lessons through the familiar world of sports.
About the Author
Tony Dungy is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Quiet Strength and Uncommon. He enjoyed a successful career in the National Football League, winning Super Bowls as a player and as a coach. Tony is involved in numerous charities, including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and All Pro Dad. He and his wife, Lauren, are the parents of ten children. They are active in the foster parenting community, as both parents and advocates.
Lauren Dungy is the bestselling author of You Can Be a Friend and Uncommon Marriage, a frequently sought-after speaker, and an early childhood educational specialist. She is vice president of the Dungy Family Foundation, an organization committed to strengthening families and helping individuals acquire needed life skills. In addition to being a foster parent with Tony, she works with several agencies in the Tampa Bay area to help raise awareness for the foster care system.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My daughter loves this book. It got her to ask some fantastic questions and taught her some very valuable lessons. I've really enjoyed sharing it with her. We actually received an advanced copy from the publishers, and it has been a pleasure to get to share it with family and friends ahead of the release.
I gratefully received an Advanced Reader's Copy from the publisher. This book was delightful. We homeschool and use a literature-based approach. I received this book about 3 weeks after moving halfway across the country. What perfect timing! This book was the perfect way to help my nervous 7-year-old gain confidence to make new friends in our new community. It is engaging and meets kids where they're at with interests and relatable situations. Plus, my son loves the Dungy family so that also helps engage him in the book! A great read for anyone with a child who is nervous to try new things, shy, has recently moved, or looking to build strong character.