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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories

Team Steve

illustrated by Kelly Collier

Publisher
Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2018
Category
Humorous Stories, Horses, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781771389327
    Publish Date
    Sep 2018
    List Price
    $18.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
  • Reading age: 4 to 8

Description

It's time for the annual Race-a-thon, and Steve the horse is excited! He knows he'll win. He wins every year! And no wonder, Steve's body is built for running. He's got a big chest for deep breaths, powerful hindquarters to propel him forward and the longest legs in the forest. But when he goes to sign up, Steve finds out the rules have changed, and his confidence starts to waver. Because this year, the Race-a-thon is going to be a relay race, which means all runners must compete in teams. And Steve's on a team with the slowest runners in the forest: Turtle, Duck and Snail! Is it possible that Steve could lose the Race-a-thon for the first time ever?

This delightful picture book story from Kelly Collier about the lovable --- if sometimes self-absorbed --- horse named Steve is laugh-out-loud funny. Every page features humorous and cleverly designed interplay between the illustrations and commentary, as well a few definitions (such as powerful hindquarters: “That means strong bum muscles”) that provide vocabulary enrichment. The humor and the edge-of-the-seat description of the race make this a fantastic read-aloud pick. It also works as a great discussion starter on the topic of sportsmanship and on the character education skill of teamwork.

About the author

KELLY COLLIER was born in Ottawa and grew up in Toronto, Ontario, where she still lives with her husband and daughter. She has an identical twin sister and an older brother. As kids, Kelly and her sister drew all the time, mostly in an effort to "outdraw" their brother. Kelly studied illustration in college and is both the author and illustrator of the Steve the Horse series.

 

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Awards

  • Winner, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

... wacky, irrepressible fun.—Booklist Online

In this comical tale, the lesson lies in how the race is run.—Kirkus Reviews

... wildly entertaining ...—The Globe and Mail

This picture book has important lessons on teamwork while also showing that one person's (or animal's) weaknesses may be another's strengths.—Resource Links

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