Synopses & Reviews
Lulu prefers playing basketball to playing with dolls. So when the boys wonand#8217;t let her join their school-yard team, she decides to host a Basket Balland#8212;where ball gowns are traded in for sequined basketball jerseys and high-top heels! Girls travel from all over the world to attend the ball, shooting hoops, showing off their skills, and forming a league of their own.
Bestselling and award-winning author Esmand#233; Raji Codell has crafted an action-packed, slam-dunk picture book that will appeal to girlie girls and sporty girls alike.
The book includes a glossary of basketball terms.
"Even superstar athletes don't come out on top every time. That's the name of the game in this slight picture book about soccer phenomenon Hamm's early lessons in being a good sport. Young Mia loves the cheers she receives when she routinely scores soccer goals in the local games with her siblings and friends. But when things don't go her way and the ball doesn't go into the net Mia announces 'I quit!' Her poor attitude gets her left out of the action, as nobody likes to play with a whiner and a quitter. 'If you can't learn to lose, you can't play,' warns Mia's older sister Lovdy. Fortunately, the heroine has an epiphany ('She didn't hate losing as much as she loved soccer') and before long Mia's back, sporting her shin guards. Hamm's (Go for the Goal) message, sure to reach a wide audience of young soccer fans, is important, even if the delivery is a bit on the trite side. Thompson's (A New Room for William) loose-edged pencil-and-watercolor compositions, in both vignettes and full-page scenes, capture the zippy energy of the kids on the field. A brief author's note, scrapbook-style spread and frame-ready autographed photo bring this attractive package to a close. Ages 4-7. (Sept.) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Free Mia Hamm photo inside!
Mia loves playing soccer. That is, until she has trouble scoring a goal when her team is about to lose. Before she can lose, she quits. Fed up with her attitude, Mia's brothers and sisters will not let her play with them anymore. Will Mia learn that beinga team player is more important than winning or losing the game?
This wonderful and motivating story from America's soccer champion shows kids that:
Winners Never Quit!
About the Author
Mia Hamm, star of the U.S. National Soccer Team, Olympic Gold Medalist, World Cup champion, and five-time U.S. Soccer Player of the Year, is the world's greatest female soccer player. She serves as an important role model for children, inspiring them to strive for their dreams. In 1999 she formed the Mia Hamm Foundation benefiting bone marrow disease patients and their families, as well as providing athletic opportunities for young women. Mia is the author of the national bestseller Go For the Goal: A Champion's Guide to Winning in Soccer and Life. When she is not traveling the world playing soccer, she resides in Austin, Texas.