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Soccer Cousins (Hello Reader! - Level 4, Grades 2 & 3) Paperback – October 1, 1997

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4AAlthough David has great soccer practices, in a game he chokes at all the important moments. He decides that he is a terrible player and never wants to play again. Meanwhile, in Mexico, his cousin's team has made it to the big tournament, and he wants David to come and visit. While there, he is recruited to play on Miguel's team and, encouraged by his grandfather's spirit, he scores an important goal. The plot centers on the family's celebration of the Day of the Dead. The story moves along briskly and the cultural information concerning the Day of the Dead is nicely interwoven into it. However, this book is more difficult than other readers in the series. Trivas's colorful illustrations are effective in capturing Mexican culture and festivities. George Ancona Pablo Remembers (Lothrop, 1993) is a more straightforward presentation of the holiday. Fans and players of the sport are sure to enjoy Soccer Cousins.AElaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 2^-4. A step up in plot, language, and character development from Football Friends, above, which Marzollo coauthored, this entry in the Hello Reader! series works some basic Spanish and information about Mexico's celebration of the Day of the Dead into the story. David's lack of success on the soccer field convinces him that he's not cut out to play. However, he's thrilled to be invited to Mexico to watch his cousin play. The visit turns out to be a great opportunity for David to learn about the holiday and to regain his confidence on the sports field. The story has a number of appealing elements, and Trivas' accompanying illustrations catch both the sports action and the homey details. An explanation of the celebration precedes the story. Stephanie Zvirin

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 290L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059074254X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590742542
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,553,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jean Marzollo was born and raised in Manchester, Connecticut.

She says, "As a child, I loved to read and sew dolls' clothes, one outfit after another. I am a graduate of Manchester High School, the University of Connecticut, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. After working as a high school English teacher and editor of Scholastic's "Let's Find Out" kindergarten magazine with Carol Devine Carson for 20 years, I began writing children's books. I have written over 130 books, including the award-winning, best-selling I SPY series for children, written completely in rhythm and rhyme. Rhythm and rhyme are like music without the tune; they lure and excite the ear. Children love rhythm and rhyme, and so do I. Do you know that I SPY actually has the same rhythm as "Old Mother Hubbard" and also rap? I treasure the beautiful, intricate photographs by Walter Wick in the I SPY books. When I wrote the first I SPY book, I automatically thought of kindergarten children so everything that I called for was concrete, something a 5-year-old can find. The result is a hunting game that children and grownups can play together successfully. Sometimes children are better than their parents! In recent years I took up painting and have begun to illustrate my own "books on paper" and "books online." You can see them on my website: jeanmarzollo.com. Writing and illustrating picture books today is as much fun as sewing dolls' clothes was when I was in third grade. As soon as I'm done with one book, I'm happily compelled to start the next."

Jean Marzollo lives in Upstate New York.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pure Opinion on August 5, 2008
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My husband and son spent time reading this book last night. Just this morning my husband informed me that he really enjoyed this particular book.
BTW, my son said this book should get 5 stars.
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By Pamela Cauble on October 17, 2011
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This is my favorite Day of the Dead book to share with elementary school aged children. It shares the essence and the celebration of the holiday in a way that leaves children wanting to know more.
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