The Field

The Field


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Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2018

School Library Journal Best Book of 2018

The Horn Book Best Picture Book of 2018

Shelf Awareness Best Children's Book of the Year

Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

A soccer story—for boy and girls alike—just in time for the World Cup!

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 the game begins! But will a tropical rainstorm threaten their plans?

The world’s most popular and inclusive sport has found its spirited, poetic, and authentic voice in Baptiste Paul’s debut picture book—highlighting the joys of the game along with its universal themes: teamwork, leadership, diversity, and acceptance. Creole words (as spoken in St. Lucia, the author’s birthplace island in the Caribbean) add spice to the story and are a strong reminder of the sport’s world fame. Bright and brilliant illustrations by debut children’s book illustrator Jacqueline Alcántara—winner of the We Need Diverse Books Illustration Mentorship Award—capture the grit and glory of the game and the beauty of the island setting where this particular field was inspired.

Soccer fan or not, the call of The Field is irresistible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735843127
Publisher: NorthSouth Books
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 236,804
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Baptiste Paul is a man of many talents—from woodworking to gardening to entertaining hordes of children for hours on end. Born and raised in the West Indies (St. Lucia), Baptiste is a native Creole/Patois speaker and enjoys roasting his own coffee and chocolate as well as eating anything he can cook on a grill. Baptiste holds degrees in environmental studies and political science from Bucknell University and currently resides with his family near a wildlife sanctuary in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This is his first picture book for NorthSouth Books.

Jacqueline Alcántara is a freelance author and illustrator. She spends her days drawing, painting, writing and walking her dog. Jacqueline studied art education, attended a summer intensive at Parson’s New School of Design, and went on to enroll in the Illustration Certificate program at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. She has managed an art gallery in Chicago, worked at NBC’s set decoration department, and at Soho House Chicago. She is particularly excited about promoting inclusiveness and diversity in children’s literature and the illustration field in general. In 2016, she won the inaugural We Need Diverse Books Illustrator Mentorship Award. Find out more at:

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The Field 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
NVCrittenden 12 months ago
This book is full of friends, good sportsmanship, and futbol! I enjoyed the Creole words and phrases and the dramatic tension that upped everyone’s game when the storm rolled in. Especially fun to read a book that takes place in the Caribbean.
JessicaOliveros More than 1 year ago
The lyrical rhythm of the text combined with the vibrant, ever-moving illustrations truly transports you. What a beautiful book.
MargaretGreanias More than 1 year ago
The Field perfectly captures the spontaneous play with the neighborhood kids in a lush, island setting. The lyrical text is fun to read-aloud. Cows on the field, rain, and muddy puddles add both obstacles and fun to the day. While this book is about playing soccer, it will resonate with anyone who's ever gotten together with the neighborhood kids for an afternoon fun full of games.
McMarshall More than 1 year ago
In a wonderful ode to the joy of spending time together outdoors, Baptiste Paul shares the thrills and struggles of playing soccer (futbol) as a child on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia.  A brother and sister duo and friends overcome cows and goats in the field, a sudden rainstorm, and a sloppy, slippery field. Through it all, the love of the game, cooperation, and friendship shines through in the lyrical, sparse text and the determined, happy, caring faces. The interspersing of Creole words, and the Creole glossary in the back, adds another layer to the diversity and cultural context of the story. Jaqueline’s bright, bold colors capture the beauty and diversity of St Lucia, as well as the intensity and speed of the game. This is a wonderful debut picture book for both the author and the illustrator. It is sure to be one that will be begged for over and over again, whether soccer fan or not.