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Champions of Women's Soccer Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-06-02 
Review Score: 3 out of 5 star From 6 user ratings
ISBN:0399549013
LANGUAGE:English

" Meh. Entirely on the publisher...this should have included more photographs (preferably color), and incorporated throughout, not just as an afterthought at the end. " said.

" This is a great primer on the biggest moments and best players in women's soccer, as well as a look at the struggle for equality between the men's and women's teams. This was so inspiring at times that I found myself getting choked up at several parts. " said.

" Not a very exciting read. Too factual. Personal memoirs are much more interesting. Check out Rising Above: Inspiring Women in Sports by Gregory Zuckerman, Hope Solo: My Story by Hope Solo, or Forward: My Story by Abby Wambach. " said.

"Copy provided by publisher
Review also covers Champion's of Men's Soccer (Hardcover)

When it comes to biographies, my rule of thumb (instituted after weeding a 1986 biography of Michael Jackson shortly before his death) is that the subject needs to have passed away or be past his or her floruit. While the subjects in these corporate biographies are living, some are no longer playing soccer, so they seem like a good investment.

Both of these books give a good overview of the history of modern soccer, and cover the players who were most popular. Starting with Mia Hamm (born 1972) for the women and Pele (born 1940) for the men, these books cover soccer luminaries, many of whom even I have heard! I thought these went in chronological order of the careers, but they do so only roughly, Most of the biographies give a date of birth, but not all, and talk a little about the subjects introduction to soccer, a brief description of family life, career progression and highlights, and information about what else the person has done.

At the end of the books, there are a few interesting compilations, such as the Top Ten Events , Top Ten Biggest Upsets, and brief bios of rising stars. There are also black and white pictures of a few notable moments, and a well done index.

The thing that I liked most about these books was the format. The book is the size of an average middle grade novel, the covers are bright and full of action, and the print is a comfortable reading size. This is huge, especially for readers who would rather be out playing soccer rather than reading about it! The short entries make this easy to browse or skim, but also lend themselves to rereading about favorite players.

All in all, well done volumes that will see a lot of circulation for a longer than usual time period, given the emphasis on the history and development of the game. An essential purchase for middle school libraries with a student population interested in soccer.
" said.

" Meh. Entirely on the publisher...this should have included more photographs (preferably color), and incorporated throughout, not just as an afterthought at the end. " said.

" This is a great primer on the biggest moments and best players in women's soccer, as well as a look at the struggle for equality between the men's and women's teams. This was so inspiring at times that I found myself getting choked up at several parts. " said.

"Copy provided by publisher
Review also covers Champion's of Men's Soccer (Hardcover)

When it comes to biographies, my rule of thumb (instituted after weeding a 1986 biography of Michael Jackson shortly before his death) is that the subject needs to have passed away or be past his or her floruit. While the subjects in these corporate biographies are living, some are no longer playing soccer, so they seem like a good investment.

Both of these books give a good overview of the history of modern soccer, and cover the players who were most popular. Starting with Mia Hamm (born 1972) for the women and Pele (born 1940) for the men, these books cover soccer luminaries, many of whom even I have heard! I thought these went in chronological order of the careers, but they do so only roughly, Most of the biographies give a date of birth, but not all, and talk a little about the subjects introduction to soccer, a brief description of family life, career progression and highlights, and information about what else the person has done.

At the end of the books, there are a few interesting compilations, such as the Top Ten Events , Top Ten Biggest Upsets, and brief bios of rising stars. There are also black and white pictures of a few notable moments, and a well done index.

The thing that I liked most about these books was the format. The book is the size of an average middle grade novel, the covers are bright and full of action, and the print is a comfortable reading size. This is huge, especially for readers who would rather be out playing soccer rather than reading about it! The short entries make this easy to browse or skim, but also lend themselves to rereading about favorite players.

All in all, well done volumes that will see a lot of circulation for a longer than usual time period, given the emphasis on the history and development of the game. An essential purchase for middle school libraries with a student population interested in soccer.
" said.

" Meh. Entirely on the publisher...this should have included more photographs (preferably color), and incorporated throughout, not just as an afterthought at the end. " said.

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