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SOCCER COUNTS! by Barbara Barbieri McGrath


by Barbara Barbieri McGrath & Peter Alderman & illustrated by Pau Estrada

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: July 1st, 2003
ISBN: 1-57091-553-9
Publisher: Charlesbridge

This soccer-centered counting book is sure to be a winner with fans young and old. Two sets of text aim for the interest of all ages: rhyming couplets, colorful numbers, and objects to count keep little ones occupied, while older readers will enjoy the facts and history about the sport. Interesting tidbits include the history of the soccer ball, the positions of the players, and some of the rules and equipment needed to play the game. Estrada’s drawings are bright and detailed, clearly illustrating the objects to be counted. Both authors and the illustrator do an excellent job of communicating the message that boys and girls of all ethnic backgrounds play the sport of soccer. A great read when the player isn’t out on the field. (Picture book. 4-8)