This series will be high interest for young soccer enthusiasts and for school librarians who need to fill that soccer niche. The information provided is pertinent to mostly the title region, and includes history, location, stadiums, player statistics, and some rules of the game. Each title includes different rules so that by the time the reader has read all titles, they will know most soccer rules. Photographs are used resourcefully to explain parts of gear needed and actions on the field. Many readers will love the Shoe Box section, which details old and new soccer cards of various regional top players. Men’s and women’s soccer are treated equally throughout. This series will be a solid addition to any elementary media center. Glossary. Websites. Table of Contents. Index. Recommended
LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION, Nov/Dec 2011
The Smart about Sports: Soccer series may be basic, but it knows what it takes to lure in reluctant readers: crisp photos, minimal text, and a broadly appealing subject. These entries take readers on a global, wide-angle tour of the world’s most popular sport. In a friendly and unwaveringly straightforward manner, the books convey information about the sport as it relates to each geographical area. Soccer in Africa states that “the people of Africa play soccer almost anywhere. They play in wide open places and narrow streets.” Soccer in Asia explains that people played a rudimentary version of the game more than two millennia ago. Anyone who follows the sport even casually knows that, as Soccer in South America attests, “the best South American players and teams are known all over the world.” But the game was technically invented in England, as readers will learn from Soccer in the British Isles. Simplified information on how the game is played gets spread out over all the volumes, and each includes a relevant map and four-word glossary. Best of all is a central spread featuring an assortment of player cards from the authors’ personal collections and a brief description of the notable players. The global focus and low-level vocabulary provide a natural hook for English-language learners, too.
Booklist, July 2011