Spring 2021

The Floating Field

How a Group of Thai Boys Built Their Own Soccer Field

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

On the island of Koh Panyee, in a village built on stilts, there is no open space. How will a group of Thai boys play soccer?

After watching the World Cup on television, a group of Thai boys is inspired to form their own team. But on the island of Koh Panyee, in a village built on stilts, there is no open space. The boys can play only twice a month on a sandbar when the tide is low enough. Everything changes when the teens join together to build their very own floating soccer field.

This inspiring true story by debut author Scott Riley is gorgeously illustrated by Nguyen Quang and Kim Lien. Perfect for fans of stories about sports, beating seemingly impossible odds, and places and cultures not often shown in picture books.

“A compelling book for football [soccer] fans and readers seeking examples of ingenuity.”—starred, Publishers Weekly

Format Your Price
978-1-5415-7915-6
Temporarily out of stock
$14.99
978-1-7284-1900-8
$22.99
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Nonfiction, Picture Books
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diversity, Social Studies
Copyright 2021
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 2021-03-02
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF054130, JNF038020, JNF051130
Dewey 796.33409593
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Lexile 680
Guided Reading Level P
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, Maps, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Reviews

The Horn Book Magazine

“[F]illed with happy smiles and strong kicks. . . . A splendid nonfiction picture book.”—starred, The Horn Book Magazine

School Library Journal

“This is a story that presents kids as true problem solvers. . . . an excellent STEM resource.”—starred, School Library Journal

Booklist

“This inspiring tale will appeal to soccer fans, of course, but also has applications for problem solving and determination.”—Booklist

Publishers Weekly

“A compelling book for football [soccer] fans and readers seeking examples of ingenuity.”—starred, Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“An intriguing true story elevated by striking illustrations.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Scott Riley

Scott Riley is a middle school English teacher who was inspired to write about Prasit Hemmin and Koh Panyee's floating soccer field after visiting the Thai island in 2018. He currently lives with his family in Singapore.

Illustrator: Kim Lien

Huynh Kim Lien and Phung Nguyen Quang are Vietnamese illustrators who have collaborated on books published in a number of countries, often under the pen name KAA. Their illustrations are influenced by the folk culture of Vietnam and Asia. Visit them at kaaillustration.com.

Illustrator: Nguyen Quang

Phung Nguyen Quang and Huynh Kim Lien are Vietnamese illustrators who have collaborated on books published in a number of countries, often under the pen name KAA. Their illustrations are influenced by the folk culture of Vietnam and Asia. Visit them at kaaillustration.com.