Shawn Sheep is the best soccer player around. He can dribble upfield and down. He can shoot from the corner and catch the edge of the net. He can pass, he can kick, and most of all he can score goals better than anybody else.

At least that’s what he’s been telling everyone. But when it comes time for the biggest match of the season, Shawn is so busy bragging that he turns off his teammates and makes some mistakes that could cost them the game.

It turns out Shawn has a lot to learn about being a good team player. And when he sees his soccer hero making the same mistakes, Shawn knows what he has to do.

Children ages 5-8 will love this action-packed story, which emphasizes teamwork and fairness. Sarah Davis’ vibrant illustrations bring all the animals on the team to life as they run, flip, and cheer through the pages. Includes an “all about soccer” page and a fun fitness fact that kids can practice every day.

The Barnsville Sports Squad introduces kids to Olympic sports like cycling, weightlifting, kayaking, and wrestling—sports that many adults don’t discover until later in life. Each story spotlights a different character from the Barnsville Sports Squad. The athletes and sports that the author encountered in her own time at the Olympic Training Center inspired the situations her characters face and their unique personalities. As kids are entertained by the notion of a chicken lifting weights and a lanky horse cramming himself into a kayak, they will learn about mental toughness, sportsmanship, and healthy choices.

Hardcover with jacket. Color illustrations.
Illustrated by Sarah Davis
8 1/2″ x 10″, 32 pp., $15.95, 9781934030165

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