Sally Sore Loser: A Story About Winning and Losing

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Book Information
Rating: Excellent
Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Frank J. Sileo
Illustrator: Cary Pillo
Publisher: Magination Press
Year: 2012
ISBN: 9781433811906
Pages: 32

Sally is someone, who like many children, hates losing. Her love of winning eventually drives all of her friends away and leaves her all alone one day. She goes to talk to Mr. Taylor who teaches her the rules of being a good sport. She then has her mother reaffirm these rules. The next day at school she plays games and isn’t a sore loser, even when her team loses. She learns that if she has fun she wins!

This book is a good medium to help show children how to be a good sport while playing with their friends. The illustrations are fun and well done, really adding depth and clarity to the story. There is a problem in the trope-heavy elements of the book and the change in pacing. The book harps on tropes of being a good sport, a wise mentor character conveniently having advice, and parents taking a backseat role in parenting to a teacher. The pacing also changes dramatically, shifting from a few sentences a page to lengthy paragraphs. Overall, it was a good book and a good read for children of younger ages.