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Madlenka Soccer Star Hardcover – September 28, 2010

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K-Gr 3–By now most children know that “in the universe, on a planet, on a continent, in a country, in a city, on a block, in a house, lives a little girl named Madlenka.” They're familiar with the multiethnic, multicultural neighborhood that has provided her with many global experiences. In this latest episode, Madlenka wants to be a soccer star. In her search for a partner, she tries playing with the mailbox, a dog, a parking meter, a garbage can, and team of soccer-playing cats before her friend Cleopatra and all of the neighborhood kids join her game. Sís once again brings Madlenka's neighborhood to life in his familiar maplike depiction. He captures one little girl's excitement and spreads it throughout the neighborhood. Global enthusiasm becomes visual in the final pages where a brief soccer history and fun facts are written on the face of a large soccer ball. The circular shape is mirrored on the opposite page with a globe surrounded by conversation balloons speaking “soccer” in more than 40 languages. The obvious appeal of this book is for kids who play and love the sport; however, it will also prompt discussion about the commonalities of people: “The whole world wants to play soccer!”–Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OHα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In her third title, following Madlenka (2000) and Madlenka’s Dog (2002), urban adventurer Madlenka “dreams of being a soccer star.” Once again, Sís creates a captivating visual blend of reality and fantasy in images that illustrate Madlenka’s invented world, and here the pictures show the aspiring young athlete transforming everyday neighborhood objects into imagined teammates, from a mailbox to a produce scale. In her building’s courtyard, her best pal, Cleopatra, and a crowd of other kids join in a joyful game. An appended note, inventively formatted onto a soccer ball’s hexagons, offers facts about the game, while the closing message, “The whole world wants to play soccer!” extends this year’s international World Cup fever. Children who have already met Madlenka will recognize Sís’ use of creative, aerial perspectives, which are particularly effective here in emphasizing the sense that each child is at once part of a particular neighborhood and a member of the global family. Young female fans will also appreciate following a girl who kicks a ball through the pages. Preschool-Grade 2. --Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 330L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); First Edition edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374347026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374347024
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,011,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten G. Cutler on September 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Humor abounds in this sweet story about a little girl who loves to play soccer. She kicks her ball around her neighborhood, getting skillfully and playfully past a mailbox, a dog, a parking meter and a garbage can: Sis amusingly presents them as characters that interact with her as she guides her ball around them. Then she ends up playing a game with a bunch of cats, dressed in soccer outfits; the soccer net is created from a tree. She scores a fantastic goal and the "crowd" cheers. Finally, she meets up with her friend Cleopatra and they start playing a game. Soon a neighborhood of children is playing soccer on a grassy lot between the houses. Sis presents a dramatic backdrop of blue houses, and in front of them, the characters and actions take place in bright colors. Delightful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Campbell VINE VOICE on April 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Madlenka has a brand-new soccer ball and aspirations to be a soccer star. As she dribbles it around her urban neighborhood, she encounters plenty of opponents willing to play with her: A mailbox, a dog, and a parking meter. She plays with a group of cats at the local park with a tree acting as a goal, of which she easily scores. Goal!! The crowd goes wild!

She meets of with Cleopatra who also wants to play. "Are you ready?" Madlenka asks and off they go. The author's thin black line illustrations give a an overhead perspective of the soccer field surrounded by tall buildings as other neighborhood children come to join the game.

In the back of the book, Sis gives a history lesson about the early versions of soccer along with how soccer is pronounced by countries all over the world because "The whole world wants to play soccer!"
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Format: Hardcover
This is an encouraging book for that child who needs to feel important. Art is in Peter's recognizable style. He will be receiving The Mazza Medallion of Excellence award at The Mazza Museum's Weekend Conference Fri., Nov.7. 2014.
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