The Field
The Field
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Annotation: Children form teams, build a pitch, and play a joyous game of soccer, in a book with English and Creole (as spoken in Saint Lucia) vocabulary words.
Catalog Number: #159663
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: North-South Books
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Alcantara, Jacqueline,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7358-4312-0
ISBN 13: 978-0-7358-4312-7
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 23 x 29 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Publishers Weekly
A boisterous and unfettered love of futbol is at the heart of this energetic
School Library Journal
POPK-Gr 3 An open field in a lush Caribbean setting calls to a group of children. They chase away grazing animals, bring out the soccer ball and goals, and begin a spirited game of soccer. Rain and a muddy, slippery field cannot stop their game; only the repeated calls from the mamas and a setting sun can. Dirty but satisfied, the children return home for baths and bed, knowing that the field will call again for another rousing game. Illustrations in deep, saturated colors with energetic lines accompany a spare but rhythmic English text, sprinkled with Creole. The narrative and images evoke the islands and the joy of playing a game regardless of weather. In a concluding note, Paul recalls his native Saint Lucia where, he explains, Creole is spoken but is rarely written down. A brief glossary is included, though most of the words will be understandable in context and in the animated paintings. VERDICT This engaging book is sure to resonate with children who are passionate about soccer and even those who simply enjoy lively play. Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at District of Columbia Public Library
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Gather around for a boisterous game of futbol in Paul and Alcántara's excellent picture-book debut.To begin, the players assemble. With a ball at the ready, one young player calls on others—children, and even adults—to join in. Readers see a diverse cast of mostly dark-skinned characters often gendered in implicit ways. Everyone heads on over to the field, where each player warms up. As the group splits into teams of "friends versus friends," one brave player shoos away the grazing cows. The game then begins. Basing the narrative on his experiences growing up in Saint Lucia, Paul weaves in italicized Creole phrases and words alongside their English counterparts in such a way that the text bursts with infectious joy. "Isi!" shouts a player, while another player cries "This way!" But suddenly, clouds block the sun and rain falls. "Fini? Game over?" Of course not. The friendly scuffle continues on the muddy field, through every splash, slide, and flop. Colorful and dynamic, Alcántara's pictures depict an island community in lush shades of green and blue dotted with houses of bright red and orange; in one series of striking illustrations, the players' vibrant clothing contrasts against muddied backgrounds. Watch the sun appear again when one player scores a "GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!" It's a triumphant, earned moment that lingers even as the story reaches its suitably subdued coda.Irresistible fun. (author's note, bibliography, glossary) (Picture book. 4-8)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Vini! Come! And enjoy this beautiful picture book about a group of friends having fun playing futbol. Children will have a blast following the characters as they run and play through a green field, taking off their socks to enjoy the mud when it starts to rain. The excitement of the game overflows from the pages and the children, from the beautiful greenery that surrounds them and the brightness of their clothing, to the dynamic movement in Alcántara's artwork. Young readers will have fun both following the game and reading and learning the different Creole phrases the friends say as they play to win. The vibrant illustrations are vividly detailed, featuring animals watching the game nearby, houses in the background, the encroaching red sunset signaling that the end of the game is fast approaching, and of course the cheerfully mud-splattered kids. Staccato phrases match the high energy of the impromptu game, and an accompanying glossary provides definitions for words used throughout the book. An author's note provides background on Paul's own experiences growing up in Saint Lucia. A wonderful depiction of a joyful pastime that so many love to play all over the world, and a reminder of some of the ways we are more alike than different.
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical reference.
Word Count: 151
Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 193706 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 230L
Guided Reading Level: V

Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2018

School Library Journal Best Book of 2018

The Horn Book Best Picture Book of 2018

Shelf Awareness Best Children's Book of the Year

A soccer story—for boy and girls alike—just in time for the World Cup!

Vini! Come! The field calls!” cries a girl as she and her younger brother rouse their community—family, friends, and the local fruit vendor—for a pickup soccer (futbol) game. Boys and girls, young and old, players and spectators come running—bearing balls, shoes, goals, and a love of the sport.
 
“Friends versus friends” teams are formed, the field is cleared of cows, and the game begins! But will a tropical rainstorm threaten their plans?
 
The world’s most popular and inclusive sport has found its spirited, poetic, and authentic voice in Baptiste Paul’s debut picture book—highlighting the joys of the game along with its universal themes: teamwork, leadership, diversity, and acceptance. Creole words (as spoken in St. Lucia, the author’s birthplace island in the Caribbean) add spice to the story and are a strong reminder of the sport’s world fame. Bright and brilliant illustrations by debut children’s book illustrator Jacqueline Alcántara—winner of the We Need Diverse Books Illustration Mentorship Award—capture the grit and glory of the game and the beauty of the island setting where this particular field was inspired.
 
Soccer fan or not, the call of The Field is irresistible.


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