- Age Range: 5 – 8 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Puffin (July 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0723271208
- ISBN-13: 978-0723271208
EXCERPT from nzbooklovers.co:
Legendary children’s book author Allan Ahlberg takes readers of all ages on a journey with Kicking a Ball, a tale of a young boy who loves kicking his ball more than anything in the world. We see him as he grows up, right through to becoming a father himself, when he can teach his own child the joy of kicking a ball.
This rhyming picture book is fun to read, and has enough repetition for the younger ones to join in by chanting “kicking a ball”, while still being interesting enough to keep the older children engaged. Kicking a Ball is suitable for ages three and up, and is skewed towards young boys, but children with a love of sports and kicking a ball themselves will get the most of it.
Rationale for Inclusion: Allan Ahlberg is a classic children’s book writer, using rhyme and and poetry to reach into the mind of a child and epitomize one of the most enticing and incomparable emotions that all children can relate to—the irresistible quality of a ball that has yet to be kicked. Braun’s illustrations are engaging and make the poetry flow from one page to the next as Ahlberg writes about a boy’s devotion to kicking a ball. The book encourages activity and gets children talking about more than the things or items they love, but the things they love to do.
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