Young Pele

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Young Pele

Soccer's First Star

By Lesa Cline-Ransome; James E. Ransome (Illustrator)

Dragonfly Books, Paperback, 9780375871566, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 13, 2011

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 Pele. 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.

About the Author
Lesa Cline-Ransome is the author of several books for children including the award-winning "Satchel Paige" and "Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist", both illustrated by her husband, James E. Ransome. A graduate of the Pratt Institute, she holds a Master s Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from NYU. She lives with her family in upstate New York. Visit her at

James E. Ransome s highly acclaimed illustrations for "Knock, Knock: My Dad s Dream for Me" won the 2014 Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration. His other award-winning titles include Coretta Scott King Honor Book "Uncle Jed s Barbershop" by Margaree King Mitchell; Deborah Hopkinson s "Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt"; "Let My People Go", winner of the NAACP Image Award; and "Satchel Paige, " written by his wife, Lesa. Mr. Ransome teaches illustration at Pratt Institute and lives in upstate New York with his family. Visit James at

Praise For Young Pele

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