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Olivia Plays Soccer    adapted by Tina Gallo & Jared Osterhold order for
Olivia Plays Soccer
by Tina Gallo
Order:  USA  Can
Simon & Schuster, 2013 (2013)
Hardcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Oh dear, we have a problem. Olivia is excited about playing soccer but she doesn't like the team's green uniforms. 'Green is not my color,' the little pig says. Olivia decides she looks better in blue so she makes up her own uniform using an old blue shirt.

Olivia's coach is not happy with the situation but lets Olivia play in the team's first game. Unfortunately, Olivia's teammates are confused because she's wearing the same color as the opposing team so no one passes the ball to Olivia.

When the game is over, Olivia's team have lost badly. Some players blame the goaltender, Francine, for giving up ten goals while others blame Olivia for wearing the incorrect uniform.

The team's next game is a different story. Not only does Olivia show up wearing the correct uniform but when Francine doesn't want to tend the goal again, Olivia is given the assignment. And, surprise, surprise! Olivia is an excellent goalie and the team wins!

Children four years of age and older will soon be zipping through this ready-to-read, level one picture book without any help from an adult. It is an easy story to master and will build confidence in beginning readers.

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