The floating field : how a group of Thai boys built their own soccer field

by Riley, Scott, 1970-

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On the island of Koh Panyee, in a village built on stilts, there is no open space. How will a group of Thai boys play soccer?

After watching the World Cup on television, a group of Thai boys is inspired to form their own team. But on the island of Koh Panyee, in a village built on stilts, there is no open space. The boys can play only twice a month on a sandbar when the tide is low enough. Everything changes when the teens join together to build their very own floating soccer field.

This inspiring true story by debut author Scott Riley is gorgeously illustrated by Nguyen Quang and Kim Lien. Perfect for fans of stories about sports, beating seemingly impossible odds, and places and cultures not often shown in picture books.

"A compelling book for football [soccer] fans and readers seeking examples of ingenuity."--starred, Publishers Weekly

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This picture book tells the true story of a group of boys in Thailand who build themselves a floating soccer field. The boys live in a small fishing village, where dry land is scarce, and they're frustrated because their games are restricted to monthly low tides when a sandbar would briefly appear. Working on their own, the boys start collecting anything that will float and hammer it together. They use fishing nets for goals, and while their improvised field isn't pretty, it works. Impressed, the village adults surprise the boys with real uniforms when they go to compete in an inland soccer tournament, where they take third place. All this action is gloriously illustrated in vivid, full-page illustrations that capture the boys' joyous games. One of the original team members appears in a photo at the end of the book, along with updated information, a glossary of soccer terms in Thai, and further-reading sources. This inspiring tale will appeal to soccer fans, of course, but also has applications for problem solving and determination."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This real-life celebration of resourcefulness by debut author Riley follows Prasit Hemmin, a boy who, with his friends, found space for a soccer field on the Thai island of Koh Panyee and founded one of the most successful youth soccer clubs in Southern Thailand. Living "in a village on stilts," Hemmin and pals use a sandbar to play when the tide is low. But watching the 1986 FIFA World Cup, they decide to construct a floating platform from scavenged materials to create a less ephemeral field. Working around the field's limitations and forming a football club, they go on to play in a mainland tournament. Illustrations by Vietnamese team Quang and Lien emphasize light, movement, and perspective, making for a transportive read. A compelling book for football fans and readers seeking examples of ingenuity. Back matter includes an author's note, a note from Hemmin, and a glossary of English and Thai soccer terms with pronunciations. Ages 8--9. (Mar.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Soccer -- Thailand -- Juvenile literature.
Soccer fields -- Thailand -- Juvenile literature.
Teamwork (Sports) -- Juvenile literature.
Teamwork (Sports)
Publisher Minneapolis :Millbrook Press,2021
Contributors Quang, Nguyen, 1989- illustrator.
Lien, Kim, 1991- illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, color map ; 29 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781541579156
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