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Grade 1-3–The Barber twins, both NFL superstars, teamed up with Burleigh to write an engaging memoir that touches on themes of cooperation and individual differences. When the brothers played football in their hometown Pee Wee league, a local reporter interviewed them and seemed to focus his attention on Tiki, the touchdown hero. Ronde knew his brother could not score without his own strong defense clearing the way, but no one seemed to notice his skill. Feeling jealous and unappreciated, Ronde finally gained perspective on his contributions when he was sidelined with a minor injury. However, it was Tiki who showed him the meaning of teamwork. Root's rich illustrations, done in watercolor and gouache, realistically portray the action. This book is sure to be of interest to young athletes, but the lessons of self-acceptance and working together to contribute to the success of the group are universally valuable. Use this title to spark discussions of personal strengths and abilities.–Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
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Gr. 1-3. The Barber twins, who are both NFL players, tell a story with themselves as the heroes. Set in their childhood, the tale introduces Tiki and Ronde playing on the Cave Spring Vikings. Tiki gets the glory, running for the long touchdowns, but Ronde is a dedicated blocker who makes the plays happen. Despite Ronde's importance, his supporting role gets a little old, especially after Tiki is interviewed for the newspaper. But the coach has a surprise for Ronde; he concocts a sneak play in which the ball is passed to Ronde, who is then able to run for the touchdown. Though simplistic, the story will still appeal to football fans, most of whom will easily identify with the out-of-the-spotlight Ronde. (Actually, they'll probably identify most with the other Vikings, who don't get their own play.) Root's artwork, with its bright blue uniforms and green, green grass, seems stiff in some of the action scenes; it's better in the more intimate family moments. What works best here is the feel-good mood--the anticipation, the excitement of the game, and the thrill of victory. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Series: Paula Wiseman Books
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; First Edition edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416900934
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416900931
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Corinne H. Smith VINE VOICE on November 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Young Tiki and Ronde Barber play football for their hometown team in Virginia. Tiki often gets the ball and scores more often than Ronde, who is feeling a bit neglected and overlooked as a result. His blocks help Tiki score. Why don't people recognize that fact? His mother and his coach are fortunately of the mindset that every effort is worthwhile and that teamwork is what wins games and spells success. Ronde feels some of that spirit by the end of the story.

This book therefore attempts to battle the prevailing stereotype, perpetuated by the sports media and by such movies as "Jerry Maguire," that marquee players deserve all the glory (and by extension, the big paychecks). That's a tough hurdle to overcome. That the importance-of-teamwork message is coming from two players who have found success is admirable. We can only hope that the authors are sincere and that young folks take what they say to heart.

Several potential audiences come to mind for "Game Day:" Giants fans of all ages, Buccaneers fans of all ages, and youngsters who are just beginning to play and / or watch the game. Knowledge of basic football strategy is helpful to understand the storyline, so readers are apt to be a bit older than the usual target of children's picture books. "Game Day" won't appeal to everyone, but those who are attracted to it may learn an important lesson. They might even wish that the Barbers still played on the same team.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Little Miss Cutey on January 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
What a really cute book. I got this for my little nephew who loves it. The pictures are lovely and so well done, and the story is real. It is about family and being there for each other. Of course there is the sport which will keep all kids entertained. It's a great effort from a (cute) very talented Giant of the game. Especially good for little boys, they will want you to read this over and over.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachael Smart on August 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Interesting and fun text with real message and value. Football season and the beginning of school make a perfect time to use the book for classroom guidance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Poteet on January 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My son was very happy with this book.........took him all of 15 minutes to read the whole thing......great book!!
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