About the Book
Just in time for the World Cup, an inspiring story of a Brazilian boy who dreams of being a soccer star — and the sister who steps in to help his team win a game.
When Paulo Marcelo Feliciano becomes a soccer star, crowds will cheer his famous name! Then his mother won’t have to work long hours, and he won’t have to work all day on a fishing boat. For now, Paulo takes care of his little sister Maria (she teaches him reading, he teaches her soccer moves) and walks her to school, stopping to give his teammates cheese buns as they set out to shine people’s shoes or perform for the tourist crowd. At day’s end, it’s time to plan the game, where Givo will bounce, Carlos will kick, and Jose will fly! But when Jose falls on his wrist, will the team finally break the rules and let a girl show her stuff? Set in a country whose resilient soccer stars are often shaped by poverty, this uplifting tale of transcending the expected scores a big win for all.
My Take on the Book
SOCCER STAR is an uplifting story that takes place in Brazil. It is about children who love to play soccer and wish to become stars in this game as Pele became a soccer star. Pele was from a similar poverty situation. However the story has a deeper meaning too. The children live in poverty. They work to earn money for their families and they see soccer as an opportunity to financially assist their families.
You will read about the support and friendship of the boys but also the community in which they live. You will see the support from the adults and the positive attitudes portrayed by everyone.
I see this book as possibly opening up a discussion between you and your child about courage and having high expectations or goals. Ask your child about their hopes and dreams for their future and how they may accomplish what they would like to do.
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