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Happy Like Soccer Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-07-12 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 4 user ratings
ISBN:0763670499
LANGUAGE:English

" Sierra loves soccer, but is sad that her beloved auntie never gets to see her play because she always has to work on game days. Can Sierra find a way to bring together the two things that she loves most in the world: soccer and family?Poetic text and expressive illustrations propel this heartwarming story along. Hand to fans of stories about resourceful youngsters, like Vera B. Williams' "A Chair for My Mother." " said.

" Sierra is sad that her aunt (who is her sole guardian) can't make it to her Saturday soccer games. It's apparent that they live in a bad neighborhood and scrape to get by. After some finagling, her aunt arranges to switch her workday and makes it to the game. After some more finagling, Sierra manages to get another game switched to a Monday in a lot closer to her house. Attractive ink and watercolor illustrations. " said.

" In a world where sports are becoming the arena of the privileged, I'll forego the political rant and simply say this book tells the story of a child who loves soccer, plays on a team that takes her outside her neighborhood and class, and finds that sometimes a good coach can bring the sport she loves to the neighborhood that supports her. Illustrations show the warmth the relationship between Sierra and her auntie. A great sports book for girls. " said.

" So many plusses to this story! A young girl loves soccer, but has no one there for her. Her Aunt supports her in every way, manages to go to the last game, but it rains. The girl solves the problem by relocating the game to her own neighborhood- using appropriate adult channels. The text elevates this solid story and would serve as mentor text ("she can feel me low around the edges", "thunder starts the show, lightning in the distance"). " said.

""And I hear my name because they know me, not just my number. And above the rest, I hear my auntie's strong voice cheering me on."

Sierra loves playing soccer, but it's hard because her auntie works on the days she has games. "Every girl has someone there but me." Even the field they play on is far away from her neighborhood, so no one knows her by name, and she feels a bit isolated. Sierra has an idea how to fix the problem and, with the help of caring adults, she finally plays in front of a home crowd.
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"This is a heartwarming picture book about a young soccer player named Sierra who lives with her aunt in a Latina/o neighborhood. Although she would love to have her aunt watch a game, Sierra understands that her aunt can’t afford to leave work. Then Sierra figures out how to make it happen, using effective organizing and advocacy skills. As with Boelts’ Those Shoes, Happy Like Soccer is an affirming and beautifully illustrated story that excels at showing both the strength and challenges of a working-class family. Ages 5 and up." said.

"Sierra loves to play soccer and only wishes her auntie could once watch her play so she could have family there to cheer for her. Unfortunately her auntie has to work every Saturday and the one Saturday she manages to take off the game is rained out. But Sierra is determined and finds a way that works for everyone. I loved this book! Sierra’s being raised by her auntie and the family is obviously not well off, but Sierra never feels sorry for herself and is courageous and ingenious in bringing her beloved soccer game to her own neighborhood. " said.

" Disclaimer: I don't speak Spanish and I don't claim to be able to read or write Spanish. That said, this appears to be a fairly competent Spanish Language translation of Maribeth Boelts's Happy Like Soccer. Purchase where demand warrants. " said.

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