SOFT SKULL SAM by Syd Hoff

SOFT SKULL SAM

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Aid and comfort for very young soccer players. (Or, comfort and aid.) Sam loves to play soccer--but not to hit the ball with his head. Then, he ducks. But one day when he ducks the ball hits coach Mr. Fleming, who calls in ""Dock"" Stengel, ex-college soccer star, who explains to Sam that ""the human skull is very hard"" and demonstrates same--along with a number of other things, like how to kick (""The trick is to kick with your instep, rather than your toes. Then the ball will go straight""). Sam, presumably wiser otherwise, is still not won round to head shots--until the day he accidentally bounces a ball off his head and scores a goal. Kids into soccer, ball-shy or not, will surely take to it; and others will at least understand the instructions if they've been watching TV. (Sam also has, for feminists, a fearless girl teammate.)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1981
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich