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Soccer Counts!
Soccer Counts!
By authors: Barbara Barbieri McGrath, Peter Alderman   Illustrated by: Pau Estrada
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Binding Information: Paperback 
4  - 7
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Price: $7.95
Perfect for soccer stars, this book features simple rhymes to help young readers count to fifteen. One ball, two keepers, three referees, and more add up to a great game.

Includes information about the history and rules of soccer.

  Kirkus Reviews - June 30, 2003
This soccer-centered counting book is sure to be a winner with fans young and old. Two sets of text aim for the interest of all ages: rhyming couplets, colorful numbers, and objects to count keep little ones occupied, while older readers will enjoy the facts and history about the sport. Interesting tidbits include the history of the soccer ball, the positions of the players, and some of the rules and equipment needed to play the game. Estrada's drawings are bright and detailed, clearly illustrating the objects to be counted. Both authors and the illustrator do an excellent job of communicating the message that boys and girls of all ethnic backgrounds play the sport of soccer. A great read when the player isn't out on the field.
-- Kirkus Reviews, June 2003
  Publishers Weekly - August 31, 2003
Soccer fans can count from one to 15 with Soccer Counts! by Barbara Barbieri McGrath and Peter Alderman, illus. by Pau Estrada. Two lines of rhyme showcase the numbers, as in "Six substitutes wait on the sidelines to play./ If teammates get tired, they'll help them this day," with additional text providing information on soccer's rules and history.
-- Publishers Weekly, August 2003
  Teaching Children Mathematics - September 30, 2004
Both teachers and their students will learn a lot about soccer from this book. Soccer is gaining popularity and many students will be able to relate to this book. The book starts with 0 and continues up to 15, with a page for each number. The book is written in rhyme; for example, "Fourteen feet scramble. Excitement is high. The keeper is reaching, but--GOAL! It's a tie!" Nonfiction text in italics at the bottom of the page explains the different components of soccer: "Players often cluster around the goal when a team is trying to score..."

Some of the explanations are a bit lengthy and therefore are suitable for older students. The illustrations are this book's strength; they are multicultural and include girls and boys playing on a team together. The text also encourages proper sportsmanship. This book does not introduce or review mathematical concepts but uses the context of numbers to explain soccer. This book will definitely be a favorite of any soccer players!
-- Sarah Olague, Jane Addams Elementary School, Palatine, IL, Teaching Children Mathematics, September 2004