Friday, November 30, 2018

Team Steve by Kelly Collier

Steve The Horse May Have A Problem? 



Steve returns in his second picture book, the first being A Horse Named Steve

Steve loves spring since that means it's time for the annual Race-a-Thon. As he anticipates the upcoming race he admires the wall hangings showing the various races that he came in 1st place. 

Because Steve is who he is, he doesn't hold back on listing his wonderful qualities.

"LONG NECK THAT CAN STRETCH ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. BIG CHEST FOR DEEP BREATHS. SUPER-LONG LEGS. LONG LEGS MEAN THAT STEVE HAS A LONG STRIDE."
But . . . holy cow the Race-a-Thon rules have changed according to a sign that's posted on a tree! This year the race is to be a relay race. Steve doesn't panic, not yet anyway.
"NO PROBLEMO!" SAYS STEVE. "I WILL BE ON A TEAM WITH DEER, RABBIT AND . . . HMM, WHO ELSE IS FAST? . . . OH, AND FOX!"
Not so fast, Steve the horse. To make the race fair, names were chosen to determine who would be assigned to each team. Steve's team will consist of himself, a duck, turtle, and snail.
"WAIT A SEC . . . " SAYS STEVE. "A DUCK WADDLES, A TURTLE WALKS AND A SNAIL . . . IS A SNAIL! HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO WIN?"


Looks like this proud, winning horse might have a problem to deal with. But, wait a minute, Steve might possibly have come up with a brilliant idea, or is he just repeating what his teammates have been trying to tell him?


My Thoughts



What Concerned Me: This definitely has a different feel than many picture books, since the illustrations are not colorful but rather a simple ink and watercolor. Amazon lists the age range from 4 - 8, however, I would lean toward the upper portion of that range.

What I Liked Most: These illustrations and tex have such humor and emotions conveyed even though they are quite simple. The story provides lots of discussion points:
  • Steve's pridefulness
  • Characteristics of a team
  • Teammates tolerance of Steve
  • Opportunity to discuss new vocabulary words
  • Winning and Losing attitudes (sportsmanship)
It's a fun story for both adults and kids.
4 STARS

Author/Illustrator: Kelly Collier
Publisher: Kids Can Press (2018)




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