Soccer Star

Soccer StarIn an impoverished favela in Brazil, young Felino’s enthusiasm for soccer is infectious. He works on a fishing boat and visits his friends, who also cannot attend school because they must work to support their families. His little sister Maria longs to play soccer with Felino’s team, but their rule is no girls. But when the team’s goalie injures his wrist, they call Maria from the sidelines. No “useless old rule” will keep his team of hopeful soccer stars from a win. Digitally colored drawings dramatically portray the Brazilian setting in this uplifting story. Portuguese words are smoothly integrated and are easy to translate through context. This is a timely picture book, since the 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. mjw
Title: Soccer Star
Author: Mina Javaherbin
Illustrator
: Renato Alarcao
Publisher
: Candlewick Press,  Somerville, Massachusetts
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-7636-6056-7
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture book
Book setting
: Brazil
Author’s ethnicity
: Iranian
Author’s residence
: California, U.S.
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Brazilian
Illustrator’s residence
: Brazil
Subjects
: Brazil, Brothers and sisters, Poverty, School, Sexism, Soccer, Sports

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