I Kick the Ball / Pateo El Balon by Gwendolyn Zepeda

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"I kick the ball. BAM! BOOM! POW!" Young Tonito dreams constantly about playing soccer. He imagines himself hitting the ball with his knee, his foot, his head.

In his mind's eye, Tonito can run as fast as a race car. He can leap into the air like a fish jumping out of the ocean. He sees his name on the back of his red jersey. He hears the roar of the crowd as he scores a goal. They chant his name: "Tonito! Tonito! Tonito!

But then his mother yells louder than the crowd in his head, and she reminds him about homework, dinner and family time. When he goes to bed, he knows that tomorrow he'll have to go to school and do his homework. But he also knows he ll play soccer again. "I'll dream what I do. I'll do what I dream. I'll kick the ball tomorrow. Bam! Boom! Pow!"
Crowd-pleasing author Gwendolyn Zepeda writes a dynamic story about a young soccer player that is sure to spark readers' enthusiasm for both reading and dreaming big. The lively text is complemented by Pablo Torrecilla's vibrant and spirited illustrations of Tonito buzzing around a field, hitting soccer balls with every part of his body. Children ages 4-8 will be inspired to go outside and play the world s most popular sport.

About Gwendolyn Zepeda

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GWENDOLYN ZEPEDA is the author of three bilingual picture books for children: " I Kick the Ball / Pateo el balon "(Pinata Books, 2011); "Growing Up with Tamales / Los tamales de Ana "(Pinata Books, 2008), a 2009 Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Commended Title; and "Sunflowers / Girasoles " (Pinata Books, 2009), winner of the Texas Institute of Letters' Austin Public Library Friends Foundation Award for Best Children's Book. She lives and works in Houston, Texas. PABLO TORRECILLA, a native of Madrid, Spain, has illustrated numerous children's books, including "I Kick the Ball / Pateo el balon "(Pinata Books, 2011), "Estrellita en la ciudad grande / Estrellita in the Big City "(Pinata Books, 2008) and "The Bakery Lady / La senora de la panaderia "(Pinata Books, 2001). He lives in Italy.
Published May 31, 2011 by Pinata Books. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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Luis Antonio!” Toñito completes his homework and willingly eats his dinner of chicken, cabbage, spinach, rice and fruit, describing how each of these foods fuels “his soccer machine.” Soon it is time for bed, where the young boy’s active imagination carries over into his dreams.

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