Monday, December 19, 2011
Daddy's Little Goalie: A Book Review
The National Federation of High School Associations estimates that approximately 3.1 million girls participate in high school sports. Daddy's Little Goalie, written by professional sports writer Robert Strauss, is about a new generation of fathers who are nurturing their daughters as girl jocks throughout their years of schooling.
In Daddy's Little Goalie, Strauss shares an invitingly poignant and humorous collection of anecdotes about the father/daughter sporting dynamic based on his own experiences with his daughters, Ella and Sylvia. Proud dads, been-there moms, and sporting daughters alike will recognize themselves in Strauss's stories. From the pride inspired by a daughter's first left-handed layup to the shin-kicking action on the soccer field, Daddy's Little Goalie is not a primer on how to raise the next Venus or Serena Williams, but about the normal run of girl jockdom and the important role of the father/daughter relationship in sports—and life.
About The Author:
Robert Strauss is the proud father of two daughters who play sports. He has been a staffer at Sports Illustrated and has written extensively for the New York Times. He is an adjunct professor of writing in the English department at the University of Pennsylvania; he also managed to play, just barely, Division III freshman basketball and rugby at Carleton College. He lives with his wife, Susan, and daughters, Ella and Sylvia, in Haddonfield, New Jersey
With Christmas only days away, Daddy's Little Goalie is the PERFECT gift idea for the person in your life with kids in sports. The book is very well-written, easy to read and you will both laugh and cry as you follow the author through the world of parenting children through competitive sports! I really did enjoy this book, and one day know that it will be my husband and I going through the same situations. It was a wonderful reminder of how important it is to support our children in the sports (or anything really) endeavors. Not only will dads relate, but Mom's will too!
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Daddy's Little Goalie at your favorite bookseller from Andrews McMeel Publishing
***I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book, courtesy of NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***