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Soccer World: Spain: Explore the World Through Soccer Hardcover – April 1, 2011
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"This small colorful book covers Spain's history, culture, and geography quite nicely for young readers. If you are studying Spanish or European geography, this book will certainly complement your learning! Look for other titles in the series too! . . . You won't be disappointed with these clever books!" —www.TheHomeSchoolMagazine.com (September 2011)
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Author Ethan Zohn, born in 1973, was a soccer goalkeeper at Vassar College, and played professionally for the Hawaii Tsunami and Cape Cod Crusaders of the United Soccer Leagues and in Zimbabwe, Africa, for Highlanders FC. As a contestant on Survivor: Africa, the third season of the reality TV series Survivor, he won $1,000,000 and donated some of his winnings to co-found Grassroot Soccer whose goal is to "mobilize the global soccer community to combat the AIDS epidemic in Africa." Shortly afterwards. he was hired by ESPN to serve as a sideline reporter for the US National Team's matches in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. In 2005, Zohn began to co-host the Metro Soccer Report (later renamed MSG Soccer Report) on the MSG Network, a weekly show dedicated to Red Bull New York (formerly MetroStars) of Major League Soccer, and as of April 2006, he hosted FC Fox on the Fox Soccer Channel. In 2008 Zohn hosted Earth Tripping, a six-episode series, in which he demonstrated how to be "an earth-friendly traveler," visiting New York City, Mexico City, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Santiago, Chile, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The following year, he was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer called CD20-positive Hodgkin's lymphoma but is now in remission.
Ethan is also co-writing a series of children's books that takes young readers around the world where they can learn about geography, history, and culture. Two previous books in the series are set in Mexico and South Africa. In addition to a lot of interesting background information about Spain, there is a list of "Words 2 Know" where terms used in the text are defined at nearly every opening. Several multi-curricular activities are included, such as learning how to say "My name is" in some of the different languages of Spain, creating your very own community, burying a time capsule, building a fantastic sand drip castle, experimenting with electricity, doing a rock art project, and making a volcano that actually erupts with "lava," that relate to language, social studies, science, and art. On the last page there are a glossary and an index to increase the usefulness of this fun book as a learning tool. It is a great way to introduce soccer loving youngsters to Spain and its culture.
We love soccer at my house. My husband used to play in high school and my oldest son definitely has a natural talent and affinity for the game. With three boys in the house, I predict we will be attending many soccer games in the future. My three year old will get his first chance this summer. He can't wait.
I have had the pleasure of reviewing several books from Nomad Press and I continue to be impressed by the quality of these selections. Soccer World Spain takes the sport of soccer (football, for other countries of course) and explains the sport within the context of that country. This means that not only is the book about soccer, but it is also all about Spain. This is the third book in the series- other countries being featured include South Africa and Mexico. I love how the book takes new words and highlights them (as you can see in the picture). Rather than having simple, plain text, the book has many different sections and eye catching text and pictures.
And like almost all Nomad Press books this one has hands on activities. Each chapter contains a project that can add a additional dimension of learning. This book would be great for homeschooling or would be a great resource for teachers.
If your kids love soccer this is a great way to expose them to other cultures!
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