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The Field

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  436 ratings  ·  117 reviews
Vini! Come! The field calls!” cries a girl as she and her younger brother rouse their community—family, friends, and the local fruit vendor—for a pickup soccer (futbol) game. Boys and girls, young and old, players and spectators come running—bearing balls, shoes, goals, and a love of the sport.
“Friends versus friends” teams are formed, the field is cleared of cows, and
Hardcover, 30 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by NorthSouth Books
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Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Here’s an interesting conundrum for you. Rattle it about in your brain for a while. It is an uncontestable fact that the majority of picture books published in America in a given year feature either white kids or animals. Now this is just talking about the bulk of the publishing industry, and there are always exceptions. So while the big publishers take baby steps in the right direction, it’s the small presses that go for the gold, bringing us books we’ve never seen or, even better, never known ...more
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This wonderful children's story delves into the simple pleasure of playing sports with rare use of creole combined with vibrant images of children of colour enjoying a day outside with each other.
Westminster Library
Soccer. The Beautiful game. One thing that brings cultures together is the love of this game. I have lived in many cities and I have been able to create beautiful moments on the field with people from across the globe through a shared language of soccer. Baptiste Paul grew up in St. Lucia, a small and beautiful island in the Caribbean and this book is both an ode to soccer as it is to the French Patois he grew up speaking. Great little book.

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Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Diverse.
The first picture book I've seen to depict good sportsman/womanship so deftly. Absolutely stunning artwork, and I loved the mixture of English and Creole as well as the author's note about this mixed language inclusion. Also, he says, "I love the concept of play: everyone cheering together, forgetting about whatever challenges live can bring." Well said, Mr. Paul!
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young Soccer Lovers / Readers Looking for Children's Stories Set in the Caribbean
A young girl rouses her brother and his playmates in this debut picture-book from author/illustrator team Baptiste Paul and Jacqueline Alcántara, and a game of soccer in the nearby field is started. Full of action and excitement, the simple text - no more than a few words per page, in both English and Creole - captures the immediacy and motion of the game, which is only enlivened (and not interrupted) by the advent of a rainstorm. Splashing through mud, the players carry on, until their mothers ...more
Donna Maguire
This is a lovely book based on the author's memories of his own childhood. It has some lovely bright images that really help illustrate the story and these in turn help show the reader how things don't always go to plan but with a few small changes you can still succeed. I loved the use of Creole which is added every few pages to bring the story back to its origins in St Lucia.
Effective peek into the daily lives of children from non-western countries. While this takes place in the Caribbean, the agenda would likely feel very familiar to children all over the world. Significant.
Bringing a community together is easy if you love futbol. On Saint Lucia, with creole words throughout, Baptiste Paul writes a story that seems to mirror his memories (see his author's note). With absolutely gorgeous action-packed illustrations by Jacqueline Alcantara, the story unfolds with an invitation, "Vini! Come! The field calls!" As soon as the cows and goats are moved away, the goal is placed, the kids begin. "Pass!" "Shoot!" "Almost!" "Close!" then the rains come, and the game continues ...more
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, 3420, picture-books
Love the play between the text and illustrations. And learning Creole is rad! Love the graphic novel panels too. Really awesome book.
Carol Tilley
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lush illustrations highlight the simple, exuberant story of an afternoon soccer match.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I like this book! I don't find many books from the Caribbean that include some Creole words and phrases! Any child who enjoys soccer (fotbol)will love this book! The illustrations by Jacqueline Alcantara are wonderful and alive! They have such a joy about them! Young kids will enjoy this story.
Jillian Heise
The illustrations are fantastic! Joyous energy creates a beautiful book full of spirit with a loving sense of home and community. The prose didn't quite flow for me, but I appreciated the Creole interwoven in the story and the author's note that gives the Caribbean setting a place to shine. A definite add to any classroom or school library.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great story of friendship and youthful spirit, this is the perfect book to read with your little soccer fan. It also includes words in Creole, making it a dual learning opportunity.
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Told in both Creole and English, this picture book tells the story of a group of children who want to play soccer together, but they have all sorts of obstacles to overcome. They have to move the cows and goats out of the field and then start to play. Once the game really gets going, the rain starts. They quickly decide to keep right on playing even in the wet and the mud. At the end of the day, they go home dirty and happy.

Set on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, the book invites readers to
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A young islander kicks a soccer ball around for a bit until he ends up near a field. He rounds up friends and family for a game. First they must drive the cows from the field and create a game space with goal posts. The game is on! Neither rain nor mothers calling them home can stop the youth or the referee once it has begun. They play and play until the mothers have had enough! Even in bed these young boys dream of football.

The story is told mostly in English with bits of Creole vocabulary thro
Paul Franco
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A little girl soccer-dances her way through a forest, finally arriving at a field with cows and goats. She gathers everyone she can find for a game, after setting up the goals and shooing the animals off the playing field.
It’s funny that it’s even a question as to whether the game would stop because of rain. Ask any kid and they’ll tell ya it’s more fun playing soccer in the mud. And like the professionals they get a long soothing bath once their dirty clothes are off.
At the end there’s a two-pa
Lauren Kramer
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Field by Baptiste Paul follows one Creole girl in her efforts to start a pick-up soccer game. The girl walks around the village with her younger brother eagerly gathering up their friends. They have to shoo the cows out of the field before they can play.

The game escalates quickly. Feet become a blur. Suddenly, the sky opens up turning the field into a muddy mess. Will the girl's soccer game be ruined?

I thought this was a fun read. Paul's incorporation of Creole words is educational as well a
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
With children's activities so organized and scheduled, it is nice to find a delightful book shwoing how kids can just play and have fun. The author bases this story on his own memories of childhood in Saint Lucia. It shows a group of kids who have been rounded up in the village to go out to the field and play soccer. The illustrations were wonderful and added so much to the story. I loved the use of Creole throughout the book and the little glossary and explanation of these words at the back. A ...more
Sandy Brehl
For a satisfying virtual visit to the Caribbean, open the covers of THE FIELD.
Author Baptiste Paul grew up in St. Lucia, speaking Creole and playing with his siblings and neighbors at every opportunity. The spontaneous, free-wheeling, all-out "living in the moment" captured in this simple circle story lands the reader smack-dab in the scene: rounding up playmates, shooing the side-eye-ing cattle, and empathizing with every step, slip, slush, and GOOOOOOAAAAL along the way to exhaustion. The imme
Becky B
Some children meet in the field to play some futbol. They shoo off the cows and don't mind a little rain, and play until their moms call the game.

This is a very worldwide experience. It would take a very long time to list all the countries in which kids will gather in whatever space they have to play in and kick a ball around as long as they can. The words are simple, mixing a little Creole and English. The field displayed may seem exotic to some North American and European kids, but much of the
Carol  Vanhook
What a wholesome book! Remember backyard and sandlot sports play in the local neighborhoods? This is a great book to show kids how to simply pick up a game in the neighborhood with the friends. Will a little rain or mud hurt? Probably not! Life's full of challenges! This is an exciting game of football (soccer) played out in a Caribbean island neighborhood. But when Mama calls come home, you best listen to her! Game's over! The endnotes include an author's note from Baptiste Paul and a list of c ...more
Hannah Holt
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A vibrant pickup game of soccer is set against a lush Caribbean backdrop. The young girl at the heart of the story brings a community together for soccer. They have a few obstacles to their came: cows in the field, a rainstorm overhead, Mams calling them home for the evening, but the kids in this story push the limits and stretch the fun!

The text combines Creole words with English. The meanings are simple and easy to understand, and a glossary in the back helps with pronunciation.

This story will
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: preschool-3rd grade
Vibrant, energetic, joyful, fun, all together great story with movement in the text as well the art makes for an excellent book about a pick-up soccer (futbol) game. The setting may be unfamiliar to some children, but children playing together is universal, even continuing to play when the weather changes (as someone living in the Pacific NW, continuing to play in the the rain and mud is all too familiar, players here just have to contend with colder rain and mud). Creole and English are seamles ...more
Viviane Elbee
For Soccer fans, this is a great book. It shows children in a Creole speaking island playing soccer on a cow field that has been transformed into a soccer field by the addition of a bamboo "goal."

It’s also a good book for fans of other countries and cultures, as they may be intrigued by the different language (a handful of Creole words appear in the book).

The kids enjoyed it and voted to give it 5 stars.

(Children who do not like sports may enjoy it less, as there is a heavy emphasis on sport.)
Ms E
The Field's illustrations and story are equally beautiful allowing the reader to glimpse into a moment in life on a Caribbean island. Children play an intense game of soccer and persist through the rain and the calls of their mothers! I like the use of Creole words used throughout as well as a pronunciation guide and information about the Creole language at the end of the book. A good addition to school and classroom libraries to act as both a window and mirror for students!
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Netgalley ARC Review

Baptiste Paul's lovely Creole and English story about soccer bringing together a community through good conditions and poor is brought to life with Jacqueline Alcatara's vibrant illustrations. The movement in the illustrations complements the simple yet meaningful prose. Overall, this picture book will be a welcome addition to your library or for all young soccer (futbol) fans.
Margaret Boling
1/3/2019 ~ A fabulous book to begin the new year! Futbol (aka soccer), Creole & English, friendship, sun & rain, a passion for being together while celebrating a common passion. I thoroughly enjoyed the dual language, perfectly defined in context (though there is a glossary and pronunciation guide at the end) AND the fabulous movement in Alcantara's illustrations.

Could this possibly be a Caldecott surprise?

This fabulous picture book will definitely find a home in my elementary library.
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We needed more sports books! Who needs regulation fields or coaches or regularly scheduled games? Just shoo the cows off a pasture, grab some friends and play! Anybody who has lived in poor countries will recognize the great fun from cobbled together games with neighborhood friends, and hopefully it will inspire kids in this country to just go out and play - even better to play out in the rain!
Ruth Anne
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, 2018
Written from the author's own childhood experience of growing up without having electricity, running water or many toys. He did have siblings and friends and futbol (or soccer) was a main attraction. The story is peppered with Creole words and phrases and make the story exciting. 2018 Hornbook Fanfare.
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