Item description for Shawn Sheep the Soccer Star (Barnsville Sports Squad) by Erin Mirabella & Sarah Davis...
Overview When Shawn behaves like his hero, Paul the Peacock, and acts like a star during a soccer game, he not only angers his teammates and disappoints his parents, he gets himself kicked out of the game.
Shawn Sheep is the best soccer player around. He can dribble upfield and down, shoot from the corner, pass, and kick. Most of all he can score goals better than anybody else, or so he says. However, when it comes time for the season's biggest match, Shawn is so busy bragging that he starts making mistakes. Will his boastful ways cost his team the game? Erin Mirabella's lively prose and Sarah Davis's vibrant illustrations bring all the characters to life as they run, flip, and cheer through the pages. An "All About Soccer" page and fun fitness tips offer information and inspiration to young readers.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 8.5" Height: 10" Weight: 0.15 lbs.
Release Date Jul 28, 2008
ISBN 1934030163 ISBN13 9781934030165
Reviews - What do customers think about Shawn Sheep the Soccer Star (Barnsville Sports Squad)?
"I don't want to be like him anymore" Sep 10, 2008
Every parent of a sport-mad child wants it all to be a healthy experience; learning respect for others, developing positive role models. It's not always that way, is it? Some athletes disappoint us and our children with arrogant behavior, and when children imitate them unhappiness can follow. Author Erin Mirabella is the other kind of athlete; a World Cup track cyclist and two-time member of the U.S. Olympic cycling team, she is giving inspiration to children with her delightful Barnsville Sports Squad series. Shawn Sheep the Soccer Star (Barnsville Sports Squad) is the second book of the series, which brings gentle lessons of courage and good sportsmanship.
Shawn Sheep is a good player, but he borrows the boasting mannerisms of his idol, professional footballer Paul Peacock. Shawn's "peacock power dance" and taunting of the other team get him banned from the big match. At a food stop on the way home, Shawn is thrilled to see his idol -- but does the mighty Paul Peacock live up to his image? Does he have an encouraging word for his little fan? Since this is a book about sportsmanlike behavior, you may gather that Shawn gets his eyes opened and comes back to his team with a new appreciation of teamwork.
The book closes with an information page about soccer -- oh look! it's called football everywhere but the U.S.!! -- and Fitness Facts on the importance of good nutrition for long-lasting energy on the field.
The animals comprising the Sports Squad are brought to life by illustrator Sarah Davis. Each page is action-packed and vivid, from the crowd in the stands to the players dribbling and blocking, the story is complemented beautifully.
The Barnsville series is brought to us by VeloPress, publishers of training books for endurance athletes; a nice addition to their line. My only reservation about SHAWN SHEEP is that it's pegged for ages 4-8, and I think it's better suited to the lower ages in that range. Considering that, 4.5 stars.