A beautiful story about dreaming big and following your passions – even when those dreams feel too big to come true. If you have a little one that loves soccer (or football), this is the book for them without a doubt!
"This is an inspirational story for youngsters, especially girls, encouraging them to pursue their dreams, no matter how big, and to pursue activities they enjoy even if they are traditionally male dominated like many sports activities still are." - Readers' Favorite
Please note this book is a hardcover book.
"From thousands of drawings,
a winner is plucked.
And that lucky person,
goes to the World Cup!"
A sequel to Melita Cyril's book Quinn's Socks, this rhyming story is about Quinn's friend, Reya, who adores soccer. She enters a drawing contest to win a trip to the World Cup, but will her perseverance, imagination and creativity be enough to come out on top?
This book was inspired by my life.
I was raised in Sri Lanka – a culture that values tradition. Luckily, I had parents who pushed me to dream big and follow my passions. As a girl, I was encouraged to pursue traditionally male-dominated sports and careers.
I hope that by telling this story, more parents will encourage their kids to be who they are and go for their dreams (whatever they happen to be).
I hope you and your kids enjoy reading The Contest as much as I enjoyed writing it.
We all like to dream big and no one likes to lose. But, sometimes, the odds are stacked against some of us and it’s very difficult to have a fair chance. That didn’t stop Reya. She lived in a box-shaped house, an apartment, with her mother. There wasn’t much money. After school each day, Reya had to help her mother at work. When she could, Reya was outside in the field, playing soccer with her friend, West, always wearing the same pair of socks. Excitement amongst the children was considerable when they heard about the drawing contest that could win them a visit to see the World Cup. Only Reya didn’t have any crayons to draw her picture. That is until her mother found her a used box of crayons. Would her drawing be good enough? Would she win?
Melita Cyril’s picture book story, The Contest, is a story about dreams. It doesn’t matter how big the dream is, one can always try their best to achieve that dream. And that’s what Reya did. The story is told in rhyming verse with delightfully colorful illustrations that help lead the young reader through the story. This is an inspirational story for youngsters, especially girls, encouraging them to pursue their dreams, no matter how big, and to pursue activities they enjoy even if they are traditionally male dominated like many sports activities still are. Reya loves playing soccer and her dream was to go to the World Cup. For a child in a single-parent household, where money was in short supply, the dream was just that ... until the drawing competition. Anything’s possible when you dream big and you try!