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For the Love of Soccer! Hardcover – May 25, 2010

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2 In this picture-book autobiography, readers see a young Pelé playing soccer alongside a boy who has the same love and enthusiasm for the sport. Morrison's illustrations are filled with dynamic action shots, showing the boys' legs stretching to incredible angles in order to execute a perfect shot. Readers witness dramatic scenes such as one painted with a soccer ball sailing high in the air against the backdrop of a vast blue sky, as Pelé, now appearing as a teenager, and the young boy look on. A spread near the end shows an adult Pelé autographing the child's soccer ball. The pinnacle of the short text is represented with a vibrant spread showing a ball reaching the net GOOAALL! The book is more general in nature than Lesa Cline-Ransome's Young Pelé: Soccer's First Star (Random, 2007). Only the back notes provide some detailed facts about the athlete's life, his family, and the origins of his nickname leading up to his big break on a professional team and the World Cup. Nonetheless, new soccer fans will welcome this addition. Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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“You know what’s better than scoring in a big game? Nothing!” In his first book for children, Pelé offers a pithy recap of his illustrious career in terms that are general enough to give artist Morrison latitude to tell two stories at once. Facing pages simultaneously track the renowned Brazilian from childhood to superstardom while following an androgynous young soccer enthusiast through practice sessions and games on an urban pitch. Both figures explode with infectious, winning enthusiasm and are usually posed in midair, arms and legs flung wide to propel a ball past opponents and into the goal. Both also look entirely delighted to be doing what they’re doing. A more detailed version of Pelé’s accomplishments caps this exuberant double introduction to the world’s most popular sport and to one of its most enduringly popular figures. Grades 1-3. --John Peters

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423115384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423115380
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edison’s eyes grew wide as he concentrated on chasing a tattered soccer ball with a friend, but when he received a brand new ball for his birthday they tightly closed as he threw his arms high in the air in a victory salute. He was up for a game, “anytime, anywhere.” Boys would hustle to keep up with him as he moved the ball, but were unable to keep up with his power moves. His father, Dondinho, would give him a thumbs up as his skills improved. He practiced and drilled constantly. “A few little taps or one big kick ...” he loved that ball!

Down the field the team would run as they played in a game, something that was even more fun than practice. Team work was everything and “The second the starting whistle blasted, every player exploded into action.” Edison was intense as they would “pass, dribbled, dodged,” and try to score a goal. BOOM! He leapt into the air and kicked the ball, a ball that “seemed to hang in midair forever.” Would he score for his team? Would Edison Arantes do Nascimento, or Pelé as he was known, ever achieve his dream of becoming a pro?

This is an exiting, dynamic portrait of as a young player. It doesn’t get any better than this because it is told in his own voice, from his point of view. His passion for the sport exudes from each and every page. When Pelé is shown playing a game, we see a double portrait of him, as a man on one side and a boy on the other. The artwork is sweeping, action oriented, and exiting. Pelé shows how thrilling the game can be, but also expresses the importance and value of good sportsmanship. In the back of the book is a brief, but fascinating biography. If you have a young soccer fan, this book is one you might want to consider!
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If you or your kid loves soccer, this is a great book that centers on playing hard at something you love. It also focuses on being part of a team.
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By Jessica on December 22, 2014
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Great book just wish their wasn't a booger on one of the pages!
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