Monday, July 26, 2010

Nonfiction Monday: Goal! by Mina Javaherbin

We are fudging a little, in that this is a fiction picture book, but based on real events that go on today. Back in May, we reviewed another book titled "Goal", about the history of soccer. One of the things we found interesting was that soccer was outlawed in some places - even punishable by death. Yet people still played.
In some places in the world, playing soccer can still be dangerous. Just being out on the streets is taking a risk, and gathering in groups can attract unwanted attention. Yet still, children play. Because after all, no matter what is going on around them, children are still children, and it is inspiring and refreshing to see them just enjoying themselves for a little bit.
Javaherbin has done an excellent job of presenting a book that can be read to any age group. Younger ones will simply understand that bullies want the ball, while older ones will be able to see and discuss some of the more implied threats, making this a great discussion starter. We give it a
5 out of 5.

1 comment:

  1. I thought the illustrations in this one were really terrific! It fit in well with all the hoopla about the world cup, too.