Two Young Soccer Fans Connect with a Messi Jersey
Matías is a typical seven-year-old boy. He’s a huge fan of the professional soccer teams in Europe, especially the teams in the Spanish league, La Liga. When Matías is not playing soccer, he is watching soccer videos on his iPad. He always looks the part, too, as he can mostly be found wearing uniforms of players on his favorite team, FC Barcelona. His focus on the ball continues when he travels to Guatemala with his family on an annual trip where he meets Brayan.
Brayan is a six-year-old Guatemalan boy who also loves soccer. Like Matías, he plays every chance he gets. Also like Matías, Brayan idolizes his favorite player on the Barça team, Lionel Messi, #10. He wants nothing more than to wear a jersey with the famous forward’s name and number, but those are difficult to find where he lives on Lake Atitlán.
In this Level 2 book, readers will learn about the culture of Guatemala and how a soccer jersey further connects two soccer-obsessed boys from two different countries.
Unique Words: 288
Total Words: 5,617
Tense(s): presente, pretérito
©2022. Spanish. Level 2. Middle school, high school. 5 x 8 inches. Softcover, 55 pages plus glossary.
About the Author
Jennifer Degenhardt taught middle and high school Spanish for 24 years. She decided to combine her language skills with storytelling, specifically involving kids and culture. Her books highlight cultural, social, economic, and political themes necessary for continued conversation, both inside and outside the classroom. She hopes her stories will provide a platform for discussion, as anything can be solved—to some degree—with a conversation.