K-Gr 2 As in Karate Hour (2004) and Baseball Hour (2008, both Marshall Cavendish), this book offers a winning combination of rhyming couplets and striking artwork to describe an hour of practice among boys and girls. While the text reads in bursts of active statements We jump small hurdles, bending knees;/weave through cones in groups of threes the extraordinary illustrations are the essence of the book. Thomson uses acrylics and colored pencils to create realistic paintings that almost resemble sepia photographs. Readers eyes are drawn to the spot of color (red for a shirt or green or blue for soccer balls) on each spread. Children will find the variety of perspectives, such as a ball sent into a goal or a head shot, memorable, and adults will be pleased that the book lends itself well for use with groups. Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA --School Library Journal, April, 2011
Carol Nevius lives in Coral Springs Florida, with her husband, Hugh, and their three children. She teaches Language Arts at Westglades Middle School.
Bill Thomson lives in Southington, Connecticut, with his wife, Diann, and their three sons. He is Assistant Professor of Illustration at the University of Hartford.
My little guy liked this story. I loaded his kindle up with kid-friendly stories and this was one that he picked. He likes it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by NLA
My 9-year-old soccer player loved it. I was surprised to find it a ryhming story. Cadence was good, terminology on point, Nice, easy read.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Shopper
It was ok its a rhyming book and the author knew not alot about football its ok for little kids.Published 12 months ago by awesome that's all I have to say
Very happy to add this book to our collection in the library along with Karate Hour and Baseball Hour. Book was in excellent condition and is a favorite with our students. Read morePublished 19 months ago by JeNeal M.
the verse appealed to my 3 and 4 year olds, while the illustrations appealed to the 6 and 8 year olds. Both appealed to the adult in me. Read morePublished 21 months ago by E. B. MULLIGAN
The illustrations of this book are very nice. They're drawn in an unique manner that somewhat resembles a HDR photograph. But, the story line just didn't draw me in. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Shopaholic
As far as entertainment goes, this might not be the best choice for a little one that knows nothing about soccer. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Bluerose's Heart
I have another book by the author and illustrator, Baseball Hour. Like that one, this is a beautiful book. My girls and I can feel the passion in each page. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Afia