________________ CM . . . . Volume XX Number 4. . . .September 27, 2013


Learn All About Soccer Coloring and Activity Book. (The World’s Game).

Al Huberts. Illustrated by Frank Bailey.
Toronto, ON: Fenn/Tundra, 2013.
170 pp., pbk., $9.99.
ISBN 978-1-77049-506-7.

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Soccer-Juvenile literature.

Grades 1-4 / Ages 6-9.

Review by Dave Jenkinson.

**½ /4



Parents and players show respect for the team, coaches and officials by arriving on time for practice and games.

Soccer players, coaches, officials, and parents must work together in a respectful manner to ensure kids have a positive and rewarding soccer experience.


As was noted when CM reviewed Learn All About Hockey Coloring and Activity Book, this publication does not normally review colouring books since such “books” are usually considered to be consumable, individual home purchases, and, as such, would not likely be purchased by school or public libraries. However, like the first book, Learn All About Soccer Coloring and Activity Book is more than a colouring book - it is an instructional tool about the basics of soccer, and it also contains 31 activities (beyond just colouring) to keep young readers engaged.

internal art     Unlike the hockey-based book which had an extremely loose storyline, this soccer volume eshews any pretence of plot, although it does begin by introducing four soccer teams, two boys teams, the Cougars and the Grizzlies, and two girls teams, the Eagles and the Rebels, with each team having 14 players and two coaches. Though the male Cougars have a female assistant coach, there are no male coaches associated with the girls teams. Bailey’s outline drawings of the players’ faces evidence Canada’s multicultural nature.

     Like Learn All About Hockey Coloring and Activity Book, Learn All About Soccer Coloring and Activity Book is aimed at the newcomer to the sport, especially those (including parents) who don’t know/understand how the game of soccer is played, how teams are structured, the equipment players, including goalkeepers, need to wear, the various sizes of soccer balls (according to players’ ages), the dimensions of the soccer pitch and its “parts”, the game’s officials and their equipment, the duration of games, the rules, and especially soccer’s vocabulary, including the visual “language” or hand and flag signals used by the officials on the pitch. Though the book does try to do some teaching of basic soccer skills, including, for example, the various types of passes a player could use, a static medium cannot really do justice to a dynamic skill.

     The various “learning” portions are “interrupted” by the fun “activity” sections which take the form of four mazes (e.g. “SOCCER BALL MAZE”), four SPOT THE DIFFERENCES (e.g. “Spot the ten differences between pages 84 and 85.”), 10 word match games (e.g. "MATCH THE DESCRIPTION TO THE CORRECT SOCCER TERM”), three crossword puzzles (e.g. “CROSSWORD #1 SOCCER PERSONNEL”), four word scrambles (e.g. “USE THE CLUE TO UNSCRAMBLE THE SOCCER WORD”), four word searches (e.g. “WORD SEARCH #4 STRATEGY”), one referee signal game (e.g. “MATCH THE REFEREE OR LINESMAN TO THE CORRECT SIGNAL”) and one CONNECT THE DOTS”. At the end of the book, an answer key is provided for all of these activities.

Recommended with reservations.

Dave Jenkinson, CM’s editor, lives in Winnipeg, MB.

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