A soccer story—for boys 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?

Soccer fan or not, the call of The Field is irresistible.


Author: Baptiste Paul

Illustrator: Jacqueline Alcántara

North South Books    

For Ages: 4 - 8

ISBN 9780735843127



SCHOOL VISITS!  - I LOVE school visits! 


*STARRED REVIEW. "Gather around for a boisterous game of futbol in Paul and Alcántara's excellent picture-book debut...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....Irresistible fun.”

– Vicky Smith, Kirkus Reviews, starred

*STARRED REVIEW "The vibrant illustrations are vividly detailed… 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.” —Booklist, starred

*STARRED REVIEW "Children everywhere will relate to the participants’ devotion to and love of the world’s most popular sport, as they “play on” despite slipping, sliding, and falling in the mud...Vibrant illustrations, full of movement and saturated with color, match the vigor and excitement of the text." -Martha V. Parravan, Horn Book, starred


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