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My First Book of Football: A Rookie Book
by The Editors of Sports Illustrated for Kids
Published August 2015 by Sports Illustrated
Review copy provided by publisher.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED KIDS kicks off the football season with a brand-new series to help young readers learn the rules, plays, and basics about popular sports. In the first Rookie Book, My First Book of Football, an illustrated rookie player character introduces the next generation of fans to the world of football and guides kids through a visual retelling of an actual NFL game--from the nail-biting coin toss to the exhilarating winning touchdown.
Simple text with engaging action photography and a glossary of essential football terms throughout, including punt, tackle, kickoff, end zone and more, reinforce the message on each page with humor and fun. A perfect book for beginning readers, My First Book of Football is meant to be a shared reading experience between parents and their young football rookies before, during, and after game day.
This book does a great job of introducing young readers to the sport of football. It discusses specific football vocabulary such as downs, penalties, and field goals, in context. The pages are big and have a nice solid-colored background. The illustrations include photographs of real NFL players and an adorable little illustrated football guy that visits each page. I can see young readers reading this one over and over again and having it handy while watching their favorite team.
This book would make a nice addition to the library of any budding football fan. I would recommend it for ages 3-6.