Soccer Counts!/¡El fútbol cuenta!

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By: Barbara Barbieri McGrath and Peter Alderman / Illustrated by: Pau Estrada


This Spanish language edition of Soccer Counts! is 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.  

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Barbara Barbieri McGrath, author

Barbara McGrath has written over twenty books for children, including The Little Red Elf, and many bestselling math concept books. She lives in Natick, Massachusetts.

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Peter Alderman, author

Peter Alderman, M.Ed., has been a middle school teacher in Natick, Massachusetts, for many years. He has coached youth soccer and basketball for his sons' teams and has played both sports competitively. Peter lives in Holliston, Massachusetts.

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Pau Estrada, illustrator

Pau Estrada is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and has illustrated many books for children in the United States and in Europe, including Picasso and Minou and Soccer Counts! Pau lives in Barcelona, Spain.

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Editorial Reviews:

Kirkus Reviews

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 drawing are bright an 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.

Teaching Children Mathematics

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!

Learning Magazine

Kids will get a kick out of this book, which combines counting practice with info about soccer rules and history.


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ISBN: 978-1-57091-794-3

ISBN: 978-1-60734-282-3 PDF
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Ages: 4-8
Page count: 32
11 x 8 1/2

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