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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

About the Author

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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1st - 3rd
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761456899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761456896
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 12.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,447,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Kraus on May 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The team of Carol Nevius and Bill Thomson has done it again. This time, they tackle the game of soccer, a popular topic in its own right. The book once again is illustrated beautifully, this time in shades of blue and beige and grays. Bill Thomson's perspective is awesome and it offsets the rhyming couplets that Carol Nevius has carefully crafted in order to get the feel of the game. I love to read it aloud to kids. The topic is great for them and once again, she tackles the importance of teamwork in all sports. Another great job!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Igelfeld VINE VOICE on July 3, 2013
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After reading this book to my five year old soccer-crazed child, he really didn't respond as I had predicted when I first ordered this book. The book has great life lessons in the book on sportsmanship and good work ethic, but it lacked a certain engaging charm. I believe that part of the reason is that the ideal target audience for the books is probably around 7-8 years old. Readers younger than that, just are unlikely to really appreciate the message based on the presentation. Younger readers are more likely to process something that is "story-like". Readers older than 8 are clearly too old for the presentation of the book, but certainly not too old for the message.

I do applaud the writers for their effort to put work ethic and social conscious into the minds of young players at an early age. As an AYSO coach, I think this is not only important, but an imperative.

In conclusion, the poem-like approach was clever and only had one minor blemish (they had to use the word punt which is a term that is hardly used in soccer, American football yes). Also, the illustrations are generated and not photos similar to some commercials on TV where the people are computer generated but look almost lifelike. I personally don't prefer this approach. Overall, this is a great book to find in the libary and read your child, and if you simply want a book that addresses the social conscious and work ethic needed in sports, this would be a book to have.
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"Soccer Hour" is another outstanding children's book written by Carol Nevius and illustrated by Bill Thomson. The simple poem making up the story celebrates physical activity - soccer - practicing, having fun, and teamwork. The coach's encouragement and the emphasis on the game rather than on solely winning is refreshing. Nevertheless, Carol Nevius does not minimize the point of playing a competitive game and the importance of winning. "Soccer Hour" ends with the thought that the hour of work and play will help the team "...win next Saturday." The use of soccer terminology and descriptions add to this book's informative nature without detracting from its entertainment value.

"Soccer Hour" is an excellent, easy bedtime read for toddlers, and one beginning readers may want to read to the adults in their life. Adults will be entranced by the detailed, sepia illustrations. Bill Thomson's use of perspective and realism are incredible; the illustrations greatly enhance this fine book. "Soccer Hour" deserves five stars for the artwork alone. Although younger children may prefer more colorful pictures, they will still be fascinated by the realistic nature of the illustrations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Didaskalex VINE VOICE on September 26, 2013
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"Soccer is a global game, Futbol is its global name!
A team sport game, played with mindful feet, everywhere, on lawn fields and streets.
Football is an art form - creative and elegant. That's what we want it to be, anyway."
*

The last soccer hour I enjoyed with my two grandchildren, then 5 & 7 years old was in a public square in Florence, Italy. While music was playing, and few dancing June of last year, I noticed that Oliver straight strong shots that ended many times in the coffee gardens around were one step behind his big brother Noah who mastered some Catenaccio talents (a tactical system in football with a strong emphasis on defence).

"Never have football teams been so heavily criticized if they didn't exhibit the Beautiful Game in its glorious entirety. It seems passes are being praised more than goals. And as for the appreciation for a solid tackle? - You may just earn yourself a yellow card for applauding it," writes 'The Thinking Person's Football'! This is why I selected this wonderful book for both, hoping they will enhance the game with artful passes and goals!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Wiles Parker VINE VOICE on June 29, 2013
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The strength of Soccer Hour lie in Bill Thomson's illustrations. Nevius's text is almost overly simple and uses soccer terms without explaining them for the person unfamiliar with the sport, the rules, and the various moves. It is almost rote as it takes readers through the beginning and end of a soccer practice and scrimmage including warmups and the basics of a game. However, Thomson brings real life to the book through his ridiculously precise artistic renderings in acrylic. The color scheme is mostly gray tones, like the cover, with splashes of color such as blues, reds, and greens that highlight the ball, jerseys, and certain players throughout. While the story itself is nothing to write home about, the illustrations more than make up for it and demand to be looked at over and over again for their almost photo realistic quality. This would be a good book to have around for the young soccer fans in the house.
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