Monday, May 2, 2011

Soccer World Spain: A Book Review

About The Book:

Ethan continues his around the world adventures using soccer as a conduit for learning. This time he meets up with his young friend Javier in Spain, as they explore the country that proudly won the 2010 FIFA World Cup. From watching an amazing game between world class rivals Real Madrid and FC Barcelona to exploring island volcanic landscapes to witnessing the many fiestas that are celebrated there, Ethan and readers experience the real Spain and its multicultural history. Activities generated from each chapter include learning a phrase in each of the different languages that Spain recognizes, making a sand-drip sand castle to understand surface tension, and creating a time capsule unique to a family's culture and era.
As in all Soccer World adventures, readers will have the opportunity to research a “give back” project in Spain and, through their efforts, make a difference in this wonderful country.
Check out this great activity from the book
About The Author:
Ethan Zohn is a professional soccer player known for his nice guys finish first win on “Survivor: Africa.” Since then he has become a full-time philanthropist and lecturer, investing his million-dollar winnings to co-found the African AIDS/HIV project Grassroot Soccer, which won him the Courage of Conscience Award from the Peace Abbey. He has traveled the world talking to students about character as a survival tool and finding a way to give back to the world. He has also served as host for the MSG Soccer Report, FC Fox on the Fox Soccer Channel, and most recently on the environmental travel series “Earthtripping.” He is currently one of Katie Couric’s Cancer Ambassadors detailing his own battle against Hodgkins Lymphoma.
David Rosenberg is an award-winning television and book author. Along with many sitcom scripts, he wrote for the classic Nickelodeon series RUGRATS, ROCKET POWER and THE WILD THORNBERRYS (Environmental Media Award nominee), along with developing animated children’s programming for Walt Disney and Klasky Csupo. He was a Humanitas Award finalist - honoring writing that promotes human dignity and meaning - and won a Media Access Award for co-writing a ROCKET POWER episode dealing with disability issues. He is currently represented on bookshelves by THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR joke book, various MADLIBS, and was a contributor to the MALE AND FEMALE UNDER 18 anthology as well as authoring numerous national magazine articles.
About The Illustrator:
 After graduating from Columbus College of Art and Design, Chad had the great fortune of getting a job with the Walt Disney Feature Animation studio in Florida. For the next seven years, he worked on animated movies such as Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, and Brother Bear.
   After the studio's closure in 2004, he continued to work in animation for smaller studios in Orlando. Chad currently works as a children's book illustrator and designer for a wide variety of clients. He still resides in Orlando with his wife, Desma, and son, Gavin
My Review:
If you have a soccer fan in your home, of any age, this is a great book! Full of fantastic illustrations, your child will learn all about Spain - its history, geography, weather, culture and more. You will learn how important Soccer is to the country as you follow Ethan on his travels. What I love about this book is that it gives you the opportunity to do a "give back" project with your child as you do research about Spain. You will also find great activities with your child and even learn a few Spanish words along the way! This is the third book in a series that include South Africa and Mexico!
A book that is fantastic not only for soccer fans, but also early elementary classrooms and home schooling families.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Soccer World Spain online through Amazon
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Nomad Press, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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