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Many of the widely popular books in The Magic Tree House series for older, elementary-aged children have a nonfiction companion book that delves into the facts behind the story. For the recent Soccer on Sunday, in which globe-trotting and time-traveling siblings Jack and Annie find themselves in the audience for the 1970 Brazil v. Italy World Cup game in Mexico City, series author Mary Pope Osborne and her sister Natalie Pope Boyce highlight the history of soccer, the rules of the game, various soccer personalities, and the role that soccer has played in cultures across the globe. While soccer as we know it today originated in England and Scotland hundreds of years ago, similar ball games are known from civilizations thousands of years ago. Starting in 1921, women’s soccer was banned for about 50 years in England because the sport was deemed not safe for women. The World Cup was begun because it would bring more peace and unity between countries of the world. These are many of the facts one will learn about soccer. Soccer, the 29th Fact Tracker in the Magic Tree House series, serves as a great way to give a young, aspiring soccer player a well-rounded knowledge of the sport they love.
Michael Barton is a Portland-based writer and blogger. He received his Masters in History from Montana State University in Bozeman in 2010, focusing on the history of science, and then moved to Portland. Michael loves reading about science and its history and posting about new books on the topic on his blog The Dispersal of Darwin. He is also passionate about nature education, and gets outside into nature with his 9-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter as much as possible (and blogs about that at Exploring Portland’s Natural Areas). His wife Catherine is a librarian and has also previously reviewed books for PBR. They recently started a small business selling street signs that encourage outdoor play in nature for kids (natureplaysign.com)
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