Monica Brown, illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez. Translated by Fernando Gayesky. HarperColins, 2008. When Pele was a boy in Brazil he used to play soccer barefoot in the street with a grapefruit, bundle of rags, or whatever ball they could scrounge up. He had a team made up of his neighborhood friends that made a name for themselves. He grew up to play for Brazil and win the World Cup three times. He is the greatest soccer player ever and his name is known around the world by fans of all ages.
This inspiring biography is illustrated with dynamic, powerful images that seem to whiz across the open pages. Bright colors and swirls of movement accentuate the wonder of Pele's magic. For any kid playing soccer today this is a great story and a delightful treat for the eyes.
Interview with Monica Brown at la bloga,
Curriculum guide and book trailers in Spanish & English at Brown's site.
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