I am a massive football fan so was thrilled to see this title added to the Little People, Big Dreams series. This is the story of how a young boy with a dream and a promise to his father became one of the stars of world football.
Starting out with a ball he made at home using rags and newspaper, Pelé worked hard on his skills and rose through the amateur ranks. His footballing journey would take him from the poverty stricken streets of Baurú to playing games in the biggest stadiums on the global stage. Along with his teammates, Pele would be part of Brazil’s greatest footballing success and helped them to win three world cups. He was a legend on the field and would become a legend off the field long after his playing career had finished. He worked to ensure that others from poor backgrounds would have the chance to fulfil their footballing dreams, just as he did.
Delightfully illustrated with bright and bold artwork and with a story told in short and simple sentences, this is an inspirational read for any young person with big dreams of being a sporting icon. At the back of the the book there is a short overview of his life which includes key facts and dates and a historical timeline featuring photographs.
There is no doubt that Pelé is one of the greatest footballers to have ever played the game and his work off the pitch is testament to what a great individual this man is.
Recommended for 5+.
With thanks to Netgalley and Frances Lincoln Publishers for the ARC.