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Author: Paul, Baptiste
Friends on a tropical island gather for a game of soccer. Teams are formed, the field is cleared of cows, and the game begins. But will a tropical rainstorm threaten their plans?
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 1.00
Points: .5 Quiz: 193706
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 01/01/2018 POPK-Gr 3—An open field in a lush Caribbean setting calls to a group of children. They chase away grazing animals, bring out the soccer ball and goals, and begin a spirited game of soccer. Rain and a muddy, slippery field cannot stop their game; only the repeated calls from the mamas and a setting sun can. Dirty but satisfied, the children return home for baths and bed, knowing that the field will call again for another rousing game. Illustrations in deep, saturated colors with energetic lines accompany a spare but rhythmic English text, sprinkled with Creole. The narrative and images evoke the islands and the joy of playing a game regardless of weather. In a concluding note, Paul recalls his native Saint Lucia where, he explains, Creole is spoken but is rarely written down. A brief glossary is included, though most of the words will be understandable in context and in the animated paintings. VERDICT This engaging book is sure to resonate with children who are passionate about soccer and even those who simply enjoy lively play.—Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at District of Columbia Public Library - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 02/01/2018 *Starred Review* Vini! Come! And enjoy this beautiful picture book about a group of friends having fun playing futbol. Children will have a blast following the characters as they run and play through a green field, taking off their socks to enjoy the mud when it starts to rain. The excitement of the game overflows from the pages and the children, from the beautiful greenery that surrounds them and the brightness of their clothing, to the dynamic movement in Alcántara’s artwork. Young readers will have fun both following the game and reading and learning the different Creole phrases the friends say as they play to win. The vibrant illustrations are vividly detailed, featuring animals watching the game nearby, houses in the background, the encroaching red sunset signaling that the end of the game is fast approaching, and of course the cheerfully mud-splattered kids. Staccato phrases match the high energy of the impromptu game, and an accompanying glossary provides definitions for words used throughout the book. An author’s note provides background on Paul’s own experiences growing up in Saint Lucia. A wonderful depiction of a joyful pastime that so many love to play all over the world, and a reminder of some of the ways we are more alike than different. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.