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Pele, King of Soccer/Pele, El rey del futbol Hardcover – December 23, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 820L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Rayo; Bilingual edition (December 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006122779X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061227790
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 10 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Twisting multiple perspectives, adding swirls of color, and limning distorted figures with loose auras of yellow and blue, Gutiérrez creates high-energy, full-bleed illustrations that kick up the unexceptional English-over-Spanish text of this tribute to Pelé, still soccer’s O Rei (The King). “Every evening, no matter how tired they were, Pelé and his father, Dondinho, would play soccer in the streets. Whoops! Sometimes Pelé accidentally broke a window or kicked a ball over a fence.” Brown retraces Pelé’s youth and swift rise to fame, closing with a dramatic account of his 1,000th goal. He went on to score 280 more, and has remained active since his retirement, but readers will find that sort of information only in the fine-print author’s note at the end. Nonetheless, at least visually, this makes a stirring alternative to Lesa Cline-Ransome’s Young Pelé: Soccer’s First Star (2007), illustrated by James Ransome. Grades 1-3. --John Peters

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“Gutierrez[’s] high-energy, full-bleed illustrations...kick up...this tribute to Pele, still soccer’s O Rei (The King).” (ALA Booklist)

“Told in a dual English/Spanish text, this inspiring blend of art and story scores a winning goal.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“With great skill, Brown tells the story of the poor boy from Brazil who loved fútbol more than anything else and became the biggest soccer star the world has ever known.” (NBCLatino.com)

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Monica Brown, Ph.D. is the author of many award-winning books for children, including Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People (Henry Holt), winner of the Américas Award for Children's Literature and an Orbis Pictus Honor for Outstanding Nonfiction, and Waiting for the Biblioburro (Random House), a Christopher Award winner. Her picture book Side by Side: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez/Lado a lado: La historia de Dolores Huerta y Cesar Chavez (Rayo/HarperCollins) was an NAACP Image Award nominee and Tejas Star Book Award finalist.

Monica's books are inspired by her Peruvian- American heritage and desire to share Latino/a stories with children. "I write from a place of deep passion, joy, and commitment to producing the highest possible quality of literature for children. In my biographies, the lives of my subjects are so interesting and transformational that I am simply giving them voice for a young audience. I don't think it is ever too early to introduce children to the concepts of magical realism, social justice, and dreaming big!"

Her other books include Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/Marisol McDonald no combina (Lee & Low), winner of the International Latino Book Award and a Pura Belpré Honor for Illustration, Clara and the Curandera/Clara y la curandera (Piñata Books), Pelé, King of Soccer/Pelé, el rey del fútbol (Rayo/HarperCollins), and Chavela and the Magic Bubble (Clarion).

Monica Brown is a Professor of English at Northern Arizona University, specializing in U.S. Latino Literature and Multicultural Literature. She also writes and publishes scholarly work with a Latino/a focus, including Gang Nation: Delinquent Citizenship in Puerto Rican and Chicano and Chicana Literature; and numerous scholarly articles and chapters on Latino/a literature and cultural studies. She is a recipient of the prestigious Rockefeller Fellowship on Chicano Cultural Literacies from the Center for Chicano Studies at the University of California. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LLM on January 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book,Pele,King of Soccer was a good gift for my Grandson,who lives in Costa Rica.He plays Futbol.He enjoys the illustrations and reads Spanish.He is Seven years old and is reading well.It helps me as I am learning Spanish,to read along with him.A beautiful book.
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I bought this book for my two grandsons, ages five and six. I love the illustrations and the fact that each page is in english and spanish! What a great learning tool and great story of a terrific athlete!
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By Solange M. Louis on August 15, 2014
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Great book!
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kassie on December 23, 2012
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Excellent serrvice, Merry Christmas and HAPPY NEW yEAR TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
GODS BLESSINGS ALWAYS HAVE A GREAT LIFE
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