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Soccer Star

by Mina Javaherbin

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An honest, inspiring, realistic story handsomely illustrated. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
This book is an excellent addition to an elementary classroom. It includes elements such as diversity, different cultures, hard work, and a female protagonist that are important and unique additions. In addition it's about soccer, and a soccer game which is interesting to many young readers. Taking place in Brazil, readers are exposed to a different setting and way of life, and readers are exposed to a different team dynamic when Paulo's sister scores the winning goal. ( )
  kitbraddick | Apr 7, 2015 |
Soccer Star is a motivational read for any young student who dreams to so something and be called a star one day. It also gives children a view into another young persons life you may live a little differently then they are used to. Paulo works during the day to help his mom and sister and has big dreams of being a soccer star one day. Paulo has a different life than most student's would know but he still studies, practices, and dreams big. I think there are many lesson students could learn from reading about Paulo and his story.
Paulo is from Brazil so maybe when doing a geography lesson this would be a fun interdisciplinary study to add to the lesson. When studying about Brazil, where it is, and their culture this book would give them illustrated images of the land and a personal story. It would enrich the study of Brazil for them. ( )
  crieder95 | Feb 26, 2015 |
This book is about a young boy in Brazil and the members of his soccer team,and his little sister. The author's note mentions how the poverty is so rampant in Brazil and often times soccer is one of the only ways children can escape it. This books shows children working and in poverty, but not in a depressingly depicted way. I love that his sister is in school and helping her older brother learn too. I also loved that she was the one who scored the winning goal even though the boys had been saying, "No girls on the team!" Nice book. Would be good to talk about how even nice people can have exclusionary ideas (sexist, racist, etc) and because they were never taught any better.
Reading Level: 2.2 Interest Level: K-3 ( )
  TaraKennedy | Feb 26, 2015 |
I thought this was a very goo book. While we have a number of students who love soccer, we also have numerous kids living in poverty. This book helps students to understand what life is like for those that are less fortunate and gives hope to those students that are living in poverty. ( )
  Josh.Hegna | Feb 7, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763660566, Hardcover)

Just in time for the World Cup, an inspiring story of a Brazilian boy who dreams of being a soccer star — and the sister who steps in to help his team win a game.

When Paulo Marcelo Feliciano becomes a soccer star, crowds will cheer his famous name! Then his mother won’t have to work long hours, and he won’t have to work all day on a fishing boat. For now, Paulo takes care of his little sister Maria (she teaches him reading, he teaches her soccer moves) and walks her to school, stopping to give his teammates cheese buns as they set out to shine people’s shoes or perform for the tourist crowd. At day’s end, it’s time to plan the game, where Givo will bounce, Carlos will kick, and Jose will fly! But when Jose falls on his wrist, will the team finally break the rules and let a girl show her stuff? Set in a country whose resilient soccer stars are often shaped by poverty, this uplifting tale of transcending the expected scores a big win for all.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:10:06 -0400)

Just in time for the World Cup, an inspiring story of a Brazilian boy who dreams of being a soccer star and the sister who steps in to help his team win a game.

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