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For the Love of Soccer! Hardcover – 25 May 2010


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HardCover. Pub the Date: May. 2010 Pages: 32 Language: English in Publisher: Hyperion Book CH What does the world's greatest soccer player love about the game of The same things as we do! Speed. team work. dribbling. passing. taking your best shot - and making a GOAAAL! Pel. three-time World Cup champion. has been the subject of several unauthorized biographies. But here. in his own words. he celeates the kick and thrill of his favorite sport. Artist Frank Morrison scores an amazing assist with two dynamic visual stories: Pel's inspiring rise to fame. and a young athlete's efforts to follow in his hero's speedy footsteps. Together. words and pictures deliver all the fun and excitement of a closely -matched game. World Cup fans. come play!

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x91ef4834) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
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HASH(0x91ef9438) out of 5 stars This is an exiting, dynamic portrait of Pelé as a young player ... BOOM! 3 Feb. 2011
By Deb - Published on Amazon.com
Edison’s eyes grew wide as he concentrated on chasing a tattered soccer ball with a friend, but when he received a brand new ball for his birthday they tightly closed as he threw his arms high in the air in a victory salute. He was up for a game, “anytime, anywhere.” Boys would hustle to keep up with him as he moved the ball, but were unable to keep up with his power moves. His father, Dondinho, would give him a thumbs up as his skills improved. He practiced and drilled constantly. “A few little taps or one big kick ...” he loved that ball!

Down the field the team would run as they played in a game, something that was even more fun than practice. Team work was everything and “The second the starting whistle blasted, every player exploded into action.” Edison was intense as they would “pass, dribbled, dodged,” and try to score a goal. BOOM! He leapt into the air and kicked the ball, a ball that “seemed to hang in midair forever.” Would he score for his team? Would Edison Arantes do Nascimento, or Pelé as he was known, ever achieve his dream of becoming a pro?

This is an exiting, dynamic portrait of as a young player. It doesn’t get any better than this because it is told in his own voice, from his point of view. His passion for the sport exudes from each and every page. When Pelé is shown playing a game, we see a double portrait of him, as a man on one side and a boy on the other. The artwork is sweeping, action oriented, and exiting. Pelé shows how thrilling the game can be, but also expresses the importance and value of good sportsmanship. In the back of the book is a brief, but fascinating biography. If you have a young soccer fan, this book is one you might want to consider!
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HASH(0x91ef9840) out of 5 stars Great soccer themed book 4 Oct. 2011
By jlk - Published on Amazon.com
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If you or your kid loves soccer, this is a great book that centers on playing hard at something you love. It also focuses on being part of a team.
HASH(0x91ef9768) out of 5 stars Three Stars 17 May 2016
By Dahne Mezzenga - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book, but it had writing in it.
HASH(0x91ef9660) out of 5 stars Great book! 22 Dec. 2014
By Jessica - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book just wish their wasn't a booger on one of the pages!
HASH(0x91ef984c) out of 5 stars A gift for a little soccer player 29 Mar. 2015
By E. Elliott - Published on Amazon.com
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My 6-yr. old grandson adores soccer, and loved this book!
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