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Evie's Field Day: More than One Way to Win

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Evie loves to run, jump, hop, and win. She even has ribbons and trophies to prove it. So, when the school’s field day comes around, she is sure she will add to her winning collection. When Evie finds herself ahead of the pack, she is faced with an important decision. Does she choose the chance at a trophy or the chance to be a good friend? Join Evie as she navigates the pl ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2020 by Cardinal Rule Press
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Lisa Katzenberger
Evie is a spunky, relatable character who has a hard time not winning. The story is told through a fun field day excursion, with classic activities like bean bag toss and sack races! I love how Evie has a change of heart when she realizes she has the ability to care about someone besides herself. There is wonderful back matter for parents on how to help children learn good sportsmanship. This special story about selflessness is a winner!
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Doing the right thing is better than getting a trophy, as Evie soon finds out in this story. And even though her competitive nature is strong, winning a competition proves less important than helping someone in need.
Julie Hedlund
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great story featuring sportsmanship in a way that's relatable for kids. Reminded me of my own kids at that age. Many kids DO want to win, but also want to be good friends. It's okay to be both, but if you have to make a choice, friendship should come first. ...more
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Who doesn't love to win, and so did Evie, the book's main character! There is a feeling of triumph and pride associated with winning, but there are some things in life, in this case kindness, that evokes more joy and fulfillment than winning a competition. And that's precisely the message of this book. Evie, a fierce competitor, chooses to be kind and is left behind in the race, nevertheless feeling satisfied and accomplished as her friends cheer for her. It's an awesome yet gentle reminder that ...more
Serena Gingold Allen
When I saw the title of this book, I couldn’t wait to read it because I loved field day as a kid. I shared this book with my five-year-old and he was so excited to learn about field day. I love the illustration style where not everything is colored in. The characters’ expressions are so realistic even though they’re simply drawn. This story teaches about good sportsmanship and how winning isn’t everything, without being didactic. And if you want to explicitly teach your child after reading the f ...more
Karen Moore
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Evie loves to win. She hopes to add to her collection of trophies on field day, but things don't go exactly the way she planned. When she's about to win her first event, she has to decide what is more important, winning or doing the right thing. This is a perfect book to add to any school library and K-2 classrooms. ...more
Cindy Prieto
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Evie is like a number of my students who loved to win and didn't plan to lose anytime soon. Unfortunately, when these very talented children did lose they showed another side of themselves. Evie is an excellent read, I suggest this to all elementary teachers. ...more
Lynda Bulla
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book should be part of every child's library. It has so many layers of lessons with wonderful illustrations. ...more
Tracy J Hora
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fun story with a great message that kids will love. Super book to use for field day at school, too! Love little Evie's character! ...more
Amy Benoit
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Evie's Field Day -- great for reading when feelings of inadequacies pop up! Cute story about a girl who learns the true meaning of what it is to be a winner. ...more
Elisavet Arkolaki
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A book that helps children learn good sportsmanship

It's Field Day and Evie has a dream; that of becoming a winner, and adding more trophies and ribbons to her ever-growing collection. Evie, through a series of events that don't grant her any award, will learn that there is more than one way to win. She will also discover that there are more important things in life than medals. Young readers will be able to identify traits of good sportsmanship and will ponder over the concept of what makes some
Charlotte Offsay
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Evie loves to win so when the school field day rolls around she can’t wait to compete and is sure she will win. When she does find herself in the lead, however, she has to choose between winning or being kind. A touching story which opens the door to important conversations about what it means to be a good sport, celebrating our friends’ victories, and doing the right thing.
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story took me straight back to grade school, and the joy that was Field Day. It felt like a hard-earned treat after months and months of hard work. I always wanted to win so badly, but with all the competition, it just didn't happen most of the time.

Evie, the main character, really wants to win some prizes to add to her collection. But when things don't go her way, she struggles to stay positive. I love the decision Evie has to make at the end about what's really most important to her. This
Nancy Sanders
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Super congratulations to author Claire Annette Noland and illustrator Alicia Teba for a great new picture book.

"Evie loved to win.

She could jump the highest, run the fastest, and hop the farthest.

Evie had a special place in her room where she kept her trophies and ribbons.

So on Field Day, Evie looked forward to adding to her collection."

With adorable art, and a can-do spunk, Evie joins in Field Day. The beanbag toss, the musical hoops game, the balloon stomp, and more. One by one, each game has
Anita Amin
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Evie always wins and Field Day should be no different. But will Evie sacrifice sportsmanship to win? Contrasting black and white illustrations with bright colors add visual interest. The tips on how to teach kids sportsmanship are a great bonus at the end of the book. A sweet uplifting story!
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect book to read in the run-up to Field Day!

Some kids seem to win at everything – and Evie is one of them. She’s won trophies and ribbons galore. So Field Day seems like the perfect opportunity for Evie to add to her collection. But things don’t go as planned. She doesn’t win at beanbag toss or musical hoops or…anything. So when Evie takes the lead in the sack race, she’d determined to win. Until a fluttering baby bird lands right in her path. Evie must decide what’s really impo
Heather Kinser
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Who doesn’t love to win? But when you’re a little extra competitive and full of winning expectations, like Evie on her school’s field day, it can be hard to just have fun. In this charming story, young readers get to feel the thrill of (almost) victory and the agony of defeat, right along with Evie. And it’s not hard to see, from our outside perspective, that Evie’s taking herself a little too seriously. If she could ratchet her competitiveness down a notch, she and her classmates might feel mor ...more
Molly Cluff (Library!)
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is definitely a book that's geared around a moral. A little girl is frustrated that she isn't winning any field day events. When she stops to save a baby bird rather than win a sack race, everyone cheers for her act of kindness. (Also aren't you not supposed to touch baby birds? It made her look heroic to help it back to its nest but I don't think that's good for birds...?). However, the two supplementary pages at the end were the highlight of the book for me! They contain suggestions on ho ...more
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I like the grayscale and minimal use of color to guide the readers on which elements of an illustration are key to the story. I was the kid who “Zoom-Zip-Zooped the beanbags” so to speak, and I remember the disappointment of losing. “There are more important things than winning” is a mantra we hear over and over as kids, but as with anything in life, we internalize such messages when we get to experience them rather than being told. The example in this story does that by proxy of feeling the exp ...more
Paulette Sharkey
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Spunky Evie loves to win. But how does she handle losing? This story pulled me in with its crisp text, well-complemented by appealing drawings of Evie’s expressive face. Together, the book provides lots of opportunities to think about and discuss emotions involved in competing. Here a complex theme is honed beautifully to the specific: Good sportsmanship is about more than winning and losing. It’s about kindness, empathy, and a host of other skills. Evie trades the usual tangible rewards like tr ...more
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Losing gracefully is an important life lesson, and this book shows kids in a relatable and non-preachy way that kindness is more important than winning. Back matter features tips on teaching sportsmanship.
Emma Wood
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Confident Evie loves to win. On Field Day, she expects to add several new trophies to her collection. However, she becomes progressively more frustrated as she misses out on the top spot in all of her events. When she finally takes the lead in the sack race, she discovers a small creature in need - what will Evie choose to do?

So many children find learning to lose tough, however winning isn't everything. This is a very sweet book that will help open up conversations about the importance of good
Cynthia Mackey
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Evie's Field Day provides a good starting point for discussion and navigating games with rules. The illustrations, by Alicia Teba are lovely and the splashes of color with the black and white are so visually appealing. Evie loves winning like a lot of us do. This book feels age appropriate for children from ages 5-8 who are beginning to play games with clear winners and losers. I love the emphasis on friendship, empathy, and the connection to nature at the moment Evie recognizes the small bird n ...more
Tina Cho
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This picture book is perfect for elementary schools having a Field Day! Noland created a spunky character who is proud of all her past medals and trophies, but at this year’s event, she has trouble winning each game. Children will learn what is truly important. Teba did a wonderful job showing Evie’s emotions through her facial expressions. Front matter and back matter give lots of information on questions to ask while reading the book and tips for good sportsmanship.
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Evie's Field Day is a book that will appeal to kids of all ages who will identify with Evie's determination to win. The art in her facial expressions helps us feel Evie's disappointment, and we are right there urging her on. The onomatopoeia contributes to making this book a fun read aloud. Evie is an wonderful model of what it means to be a good sport, and the back matter is an excellent resource for parents and teachers. ...more
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I am so grateful for picture books that are able to take everyday challenges and situations that kids face and turn them into wonderful learning opportunities. When a child is struggling with something, having a book that can launch a discussion not directly related to the child takes some of the heat and emotion out the situation and lets you look at it from another perspective. Great story about sportsmanship.
Annette Schottenfeld
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Claire Annette Noland’s Evie shows readers what good sportsmanship looks like. A page turner, children will want to see for themselves if Evie succeeds in her quest. A surprise ending makes for a satisfying read. Alicia Teba brings EVIE’S FIELD DAY to life with her fabulous illustrations. She has captured Evie and her friends brilliantly and adds another level to this sure to be favorite book.
Laura Perdew
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love that this book is about field day! And, I love Evie's spunky character. She loves winning and has many trophies and ribbons to show off. At field day, she anticipates adding to her collection. But instead, she learns that perhaps winning isn't everything. It's such an important story about sportsmanship and compassion, valuable lessons for kids of all ages. ...more
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What does it mean to win? Follow Evie as she tries to excel during field day and discovers that winning might not always mean what she thought. A powerful story of sportsmanship and courage.
Lisa D
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cute book
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