Young Pelé: Soccer's First Star

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Painting of young Pele playing soccer

How did a poor boy named Edson — who kicked rocks down roads and dribbled balls made from rags — go on to become the greatest soccer player of all time? Here is the story of the boy who with great determination, lightning speed, and amazing skill overcame tremendous odds to become the world champion soccer star Pelé. Talented author/illustrator team Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome bring his inspirational story vibrantly to life.

Culture/Community: Brazilian / Brazilian American
Heritage & History: Hispanic Heritage and History
Themes for Children: Social Studies and Biography Sports
Genre: Biography
Format: Picture Book
Age Level: 6-9
Book Series: Time for Soccer!