Sunday, February 02, 2020

Soccer Dreams

Pryor, Shawn. Soccer Dreams
February 1st 2020 by Picture Window Books
E ARC provided by Netgalley

Keisha attends an activities fair and isn't quite sure what she wants to do until she sees a boy with a soccer ball. Her grandfather was a striker, so she joins the team hoping that she can get this position. Keisha doesn't have any trouble with running, but she keeps grabbing the ball, which is not allowed. Eventually, her coach (who wears an athletic hijab) asks her to try out as a goalie, and this is where Keisha finds her true talent.
Strengths: The reading level of this falls between I Can Read Books and the Jake Maddox sports titles, so would be good for first through third grade. The illustrations are colorful and appealing. Keisha has a supportive family, and she gets along well on her team. I'm glad to see more sports books being written for younger children, and soccer is definitely a good choice for many elementary school students.
Weaknesses: Too young for my students.
What I Really Think: I would definitely look into this Kids' Sports Stories series for an elementary library.

Ms. Yingling

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