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PreSchool-Grade 2–Mia's favorite sport is soccer but she hates losing. In fact, she dislikes it so much that she quits in the middle of a game. Upset about her attitude, her siblings do not let her participate the next day. Mia learns quickly that there will be times when she will score a goal and those when she will not, but playing the game is the most fun of all. Bright, energetic cartoons depict the child's ups and downs. Attractive endpapers contain colorful sketches of the girl progressing from birth (showing a soccer ball given as a baby gift) through stretching activities, trials of not scoring, and the final celebration of the sport. The text represents the mixed feelings of all athletes learning the game. Parents or coaches wanting a story about the joy of playing soccer without emphasizing winning or losing will find an appropriate read-aloud here.–Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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K-Gr. 2. The world's top goal scorer and three-time Olympian offers a soccer tale, putatively autobiographical, about a little girl whose tendency to stomp off the field when frustrated prompts her teammates to teach her a lesson. The text perfectly reflects a competitive child's rage when things don't go as desired ("Mia didn't want better luck next time. She wanted better luck now"), as do Thompson's expressive portraits of furious little Mia, all furrowed eyebrows and clenched fists. Hamm's somewhat vague author's note, in which she recalls that "while playing soccer with my family, I learned . . . how to lose gracefully," won't totally satisfy kids' inevitable curiosity about whether or not this incident actually happened. Even so, young soccer enthusiasts will still be relieved to see a larger-than-life heroine reacting to frustration in a familiar way as they learn the lesson about good sportsmanship. A concluding, double-page spread features facts and photos charting Hamm's rise to fame, and a removable glossy photo comes tucked inside the back cover. Jennifer Mattson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 290L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (April 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060740523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439849302
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Winners Never Quit is the delightful tale of a young girl, Mia, who loves to play soccer with her brothers and sisters. She's good at it, too. But one part of the game she hasn't mastered: losing. And when she quits in a temper, she discovers that her negative attitude may cause her to miss out on playing the game she loves. Forced to choose what is most important to her, Mia realizes that winning isn't everything; it's staying in the game that counts.

If anyone could tell this message convincingly, it's author Mia Hamm, star of the U.S. National Soccer Team, an Olympic Gold Medalist, World Cup champion, and five-time U.S. Soccer Player of the Year. In an afterword, Ms. Hamm says, "There is no 'me' in Mia because, in soccer and in life, I could never do it alone."

Children seem to blossom when they realize that others have the same feelings, doubts, desires - the same good and bad traits. It's learning what to do with them that makes them "grow up." Readers will feel they have found a friend in Mia Hamm, someone who was once a child too, and probably had to deal with her own dislike of losing in order to become a champion athlete. Soccer fans will appreciate Mia's removable, autographed color photo in the back of the book.

Carol Thompson's bold, action-filled illustrations are perfect.

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This book tells the story of a young soccer player named Mia who quits the game when things don't go her way. It's through her friends, her brother (sweetly named for the author's late brother), and ultimately herself that she realizes that it's not about winning, but rather about just being in the game. In fact, on the last page, she's going for a goal, but the book doesn't say whether or not she scored, just that she was there playing, and that's what counts. There's no better message for a young person that that, as it pertains not just to sports but to life itself. I bought this for my young daughter who is just starting soccer. She doesn't know who Mia Hamm is, but I certainly do, and can't wait to read it to her. Even if she doesn't stick with soccer, the lessons in this book will be ones we talk about for a long time. Mia doesn't disappoint in this book - she proves yet again what a role model she is for all of us. I highly recommend this book!
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By playday05 on September 27, 2004
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this is a great book to teach perserverance and doing your personal best. these two concepts started my daughter's kindergarten school year. her teacher loved the book and said she was going out to buy it immediately for her collection. i bought it for my daughter as she was beginning soccer because i knew she would have similar frustrating moments that might lead to her wanting to quit. The only possible negative part is that her sister yells to her that she is a quitter because she always quits. of course, she overcomes her need to win and score goals and is just happy to play and have fun. as she plays, more things go wrong, but she doesn't quit. in the end she scores. kids learn that Mia Hamm had tough days on the soccer field but kept trying because she loved to play the game. great illustrations too.
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The story is a favorite in our house. It's got cute pictures and a great message about being a good sport. When Mia quits she is made to sit out the next time and she realizes that it's more fun to play then to get upset about the game. It's nice that you don't know if she makes a goal at the end because it doesn't really matter if she does. What matters is that she's being a good sport.

My only remotely negative comment is minor - they use the word hate. It's not a big deal but we're working on having the kids NOT use that word so it turns into a "ummmm...she said hate..." Not a big deal at all and a good opportunity to show an appropriate way to use the word but it's there nonetheless.
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I purchased this book for my eight year old daughter. Not only is she a fan of playing soccer but loves Mia Hamm. Although the story was below her reading level, it made no difference to her or me! The story teaches how to be a good sport and still be competitive at the same time. I think this is an important lesson for children and adults to learn. The illustrations were adorable! The autographed photograph at the end was a bonus surprise! I didn't know that was part of the book.
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I liked the illustrations. Mia quit one day and the next day she changed her mind but someone said "No, you can't play" and I think that's a good lesson. If she wants to play, she should not have quit in anger.
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A Kid's Review on May 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
i like this book because it tells you to never give up and have fun even if you are losing.
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Mia Hamm tells a story about her younger self and how she quit when a pick-up soccer game didn't go the way she expected. The story shows what happened and how being a quitter is never fun. The illustrations are cute and the story teaches a valuable lesson about how to be a good sport. Word level is 1.5 according to the Flesch-Kincaid Readability Scale. ATOS book level is 1.9. It contains 427 words. Below is a sample lesson using the book.

Objectives
GLE (Missouri) Develop an awareness that text and pictures provide information. (CA 3 A.K)
CCSS Derive information from text and pictures. (CCS 7)

Students will seek information in both the text and pictures of a familiar story.

I can use the words in a story and the pictures in a story to identify information.

Students will discuss the traits of fair play using the story Winners Never Quit by Mia Hamm and Carol Thompson.

Warm Up (2-3 minutes)
A soccer ball is placed in circle area for circle time. Teacher calls the kids over with a whistle. "Okay, let's get in circle for circle time!" As kids gather in circle, teacher draws attention to soccer ball and asks "Who know's what this is?" (Wait for answer.) What do you do with a soccer ball? (Allow several students to show and tell what they would do with a soccer ball reminding them that we are indoors and we must use inside behavior. This may require a little question and answer to clarify that students are expected not to kick the ball hard.) "Does anybody know someone who is really good with a soccer ball? (Again, allow kids to tell about people they know who play.) Instruct kids to sit.
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