Every child that has ever played a sport has experienced the desire to quit. Maybe sports isn’t what your child is into, but it’s a pretty good hunch that whatever interest he or she pursues, your child has thought that maybe this isn’t what they want to spend their time doing. Olympic star and soccer great Mia Hamm has written a book titled Winners Never Quit that will remind both children and adults that quitting is never really an option.
Read a synopsis of Winners Never Quit
Title: Winners Never Quit
Author: Mia Hamm
Illustrator: Carol Thompson
Publisher: HarperCollins (2006)
List Price: $6.99
Right away the young reader will identify with Mia through the text and the illustrations. Mia is just like every other kid that wants to hang out with her friends doing something she loves. They all meet in a park to play soccer. The text is easy to read for independent readers and the sentences are just the right length for those that will need the book read to them. The illustrations are colorful and realistic even though they are cartoon-like characters.
The story of being a good sport and perseverance are clearly evident without being preachy. Mia exhibits disappointment in missing a goal and so she quits; not very sportsmanlike. She never does score a goal in the story, but she decides the fun of the game and practicing is worth the trouble if it’s something you truly love. That’s a lesson that goes beyond the playing field into every aspect of life. Not everything is easy and sometimes success may be far off, but that doesn’t mean you quit trying.
Soccer is becoming ever more popular in the United States as the American population becomes more diversified. Winners Never Quit is a perfect book for bridging the cultural gap that sometime exists in communities and classrooms. Here are a few ideas for using this book as a way of teaching about more than just soccer.
- A to Z Soccer Terms – Use this list for spelling, vocabulary, coaching
- Spanish Soccer Words – Use to teach some foreign words and make the Spanish players on the team more comfortable
- Use a Soccer Ball for Math – This link has a clever suggestion for using a soccer ball to generate addition and subtraction problems.
- Using math determine the size of a soccer ball and how many white shapes and black shapes are needed to make one from paper.
- Ask children to research and report on famous athletes in soccer or famous women athletes
- Soccer Ball Cookies – Make ahead or have kids help bake and decorate.
- Make a Pony Bead Soccer Player – Clip on a duffle bag or use as a key chain