Bending a Soccer Ball
By Pedro Rita and Susan Adam-Rita
What a wonderful and vividly illustrated picture book for kids of all ages. Technically, it is a book about soccer. But the book is so much more because there are so many important lessons to be learned within the pages of this book.
Bending a Soccer Ball is about a group of kids who love to play soccer. They aren’t good players. But they enjoy playing the game. One day, Amanda shows up for the game unexpectedly. She looks different and wears old clothes. Amanda’s bike is worn down and her shoes look old. At first, no one wants to approach her. But as they get to know her, things really change. You see, Amanda knows more about soccer than they ever imagined. She is such a great player that they immediately want to include her on the soccer team. In addition, Amanda gains some close friends in the process. And that’s a great bonus because she’s an only child.
The book will teach young readers many valuable lessons. First, readers will learn that they should never judge people before they get to know them. Second, they shouldn’t assume things about others just because they look a certain way. Lastly, readers will learn that the nicest and most talented kids sometimes come from the most unlikely backgrounds. What a great book with so many wonderful lessons.
Irene S. Roth
Author and Editor
Rating: 5 stars