How did a poor boy named Edson—who kicked rocks down roads and dribbled balls made from rags—go on to become the greatest soccer player of all time? Here is the story of the boy who with great determination, lightning speed, and amazing skill overcame tremendous odds to become the world champion soccer star Pelé. Talented author/illustrator team Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome bring his inspirational story vibrantly to life. The theme of this Dragonfly Book is Sports.
Dear Reader, For as long as I can remember, I've always enjoyed reading, writing, and listening to stories, and drawing pictures. Growing up in a small, rural town, there wasn't much to do, so I would write and draw to entertain myself, on what we old-timers remember calling “typewriter paper.” It wasn't much of a leap for me to become a children's book illustrator. I'm a visual storyteller; I tell stories with my pictures. I feel I've done a good job when the reader can look only at my illustrations and get a good sense of the story. A wonderful writer’s words inspire my imagination. I hope the illustrations I create for their words will help inspire readers' imaginations.
Starred Review, Booklist, September 1, 2007: "With handsome oil paintings and a stirring story, this picture-book biography will first grab children with its action." —Hazel Rochman
Young Pele by Lesa Cline-Ransome; illustrated by James E. Ransome