The Resource For the love of soccer!
- For the love of soccer!
- Statement of responsibility
- by Pelâe ; illustrated by Frank Morrison
- K-Gr 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 Pel é : 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 --Blair Christolon (Reviewed July 1, 2010) (School Library Journal, vol 56, issue 7, p75)
- In a spare narrative enlivened by typography of various sizes and colors, soccer legend Pelé underscores his lifelong passion for soccer, starting in childhood when “I would play with anyone, anytime, anywhere!” As the book moves forward in time, he describes the excitement of playing on a professional team: “The second the starting whistle blasted, every player exploded into action.” Following two time lines simultaneously, Morrison's (The Hat That Wore Clara B. ) energetic, fluid paintings spotlight Pelé's soccer moves beside those of a young player today, always appearing on the right side of each spread, whose speed and resolve similarly spring from the page. In the scenes featuring Pelé, the athlete is the sole focus, painted in bright colors against a sepia backdrop. The present-day scenarios are played out against a vibrant urban setting that reveals family members cheering on the players. Though the narrative links the two players throughout, a warmhearted ending ties their stories together visually, as Pelé signs a ball for the boy on the field of a packed stadium. A biographical sketch of Pelé provides a final kick. Ages 3–7. (May) --Staff (Reviewed April 19, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 16, p50)
- The legendary soccer player composes a stirring ode to his beloved sport. In first-person narration, Pel describes his lifetime passion for the game, which began in childhood. In succinct yet eloquent prose he evokes the essence of soccer, making it accessible to a very young audience. Readers vicariously experience the thrill of a well-played game, culminating in the exhilaration of scoring a goal. Particular emphasis is placed on the value of teamwork and good sportsmanship. Morrison's vibrant, energetic illustrations depict a dual story. Each two-page spread features vignettes from Pel's career on one page (subtly aging their subject over the course of the book), while the facing page reveals a parallel story line of a modern-day child learning to love the game. The vivid pictures, featuring slightly elongated figures and tilted perspectives, convey all the energy of this universal sport. A two-page addendum follows the story, describing the author's life and soccer career. A must-share for soccer enthusiasts of any age. (Picture book. 3-8) (Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2010)
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- Literary form
- non fiction
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