Soccerverse: Poems about Soccer

Soccerverse: Poems about Soccer


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The perfect gift for young soccer fans, this picture book features twenty-two imaginative poems that capture all aspects of the world's most popular sport.

From the coach who inspires players to fly like the wind, to the shin guard that begs to be donned, to soccer dreams that fill the night, Soccerverse celebrates soccer. Featuring a diverse cast of girls and boys, the poems in this collection cover winning, losing, teamwork, friendships, skills, good sportsmanship, and, most of all, love for the game. Elizabeth Steinglass cleverly incorporates thirteen different poetic forms throughout the book, defining each in a note at the end, and Edson Ikê's bold artwork is as creative as the poems are surprising.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629792491
Publisher: Highlights
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 1,124,195
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Steinglass has contributed poetry to both Dear Tomato: An International Crop of Food and Agriculture Poems and The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations, as well as to various magazines, including Highlights for Children. Soccerverse is her first picture book. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where she played soccer, basketball, and softball, read many, many books, and wrote her first poems. She now lives in Washington, DC with her husband, her three children, and her sleepy cat Scout. She loves to read, write, hike, watch soccer, and spend time with her family.

Edson Ikê is an illustrator and graphic designer, who creates illustrations for books, newspapers, magazines, and posters. Woodcutting is the aesthetic basis of his work. The Smith & Lens art gallery in Mississippi, U.S., exhibited his prints in 2016. Soccerverse is his first book to be published in the United States. He lives in São Paulo, Brazil. Visit him at

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Soccerverse: Poems about Soccer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
NatC More than 1 year ago
22 humorous, fun-to-read poems that will get kids excited about soccer and poetry! Anyone who has played soccer will identify with the “A Few Words From Your Shinguard” poem (Sure, I smell like something dead, but who cares?) and the corresponding “ A Few Words From Your Other Shinguard.” My favorite was the reverso poem of instructions to the field players and goalkeeper. Teachers will love the list of poetic forms with brief explanations at the back and want to keep this book close at hand for any poetry unit.
JoleneG More than 1 year ago
This book is a fun exploration of everything soccer! Kids who love the sport will appreciate and connect with the poems, but readers who are new to the game will enjoy and learn from the poems. Elizabeth Steinglass has included a variety of forms of poetry and includes back matter describing the types of poems. Steinglass makes a game of matching the poems with their forms and includes an answer key. Colorful illustrations set off the poems.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this wonderful book chock-full of humorous, emotional, and relatable poems! Children will love this! This book is a perfect addition to anyone learning or teaching poetry!
TeresaR More than 1 year ago
Perfect both for a young athlete or a young reader (sometimes they’re one and the same), SOCCERVERSE is a delightful collection of poems about the sport that is growing in popularity. There are many different forms of poetry presented (as mentioned in the back matter) so kids, and adults, can learn some new forms. Plus, all the poems are super fun to read aloud. You can feel the rhythm of the game in the words!
daniwriter More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a clever book. I didn't know what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised. Soccerverse not only celebrates soccer, but life: friendship, diversity, frustration, victory, disappointment...even the shin guards have something to say! And, on top of that, the reader learns about all the different kinds of poetic forms. In a nutshell, genius!
Gayle Krause More than 1 year ago
Soccer fans are sure to enjoy Steinglass's poetry in Soccerverse. She introduces soccer terms and poetry forms organically and naturally that makes the reader want to to do both. The glossary of poetic forms at the end is a bonus.