Felicia’s Sixth Year – 100 Soccer Balls?

Keeping with my long-standing tradition of honoring each of Felicia’s birthdays with books that tell the story of the year, I’ve got four selections to share.

By any measure, it has been a momentous year for our youngest.

2009-2010 was the year Felicia ascended into the world of her older sister, joining Jocelyn in many important endeavors like school (Kindergarten!) and sports. And church choir. And later this summer, she’ll be part of the Center Stage Dance “Big Show.”

Felicia loves Kindergarten. Until this year, her entire life had been centered around bringing her sister to school. Or to sports practices. Or Choir. And even dance class. … but now it’s all about her too. And she loves it.

So the books attempt to capture that, and more.

My Kindergarten (by Rosemary Wells) is an incredibly fun collection of activities, poems, and lessons from the standard Kindergarten curriculum.

Nearly coincident with her birthday is the traditional “100th Day of Kindergarten,” which her class will celebrate on Tuesday. School children across the country will undoubtedly mark the occasion by reading Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day, as will we.

And 2009 was a big year for our Family’s love of soccer, too. Of course, this was Felicia’s first year of organized soccer after a few of watching her sister’s practices and cheering from the sidelines. Her Green Ninjas had a ton of fun, and she even scored her first goal. And yes, I was the coach for her as I was for most of Jocelyn’s teams. This was also the inaugural year of the new Womens Professional Soccer league, and we enjoyed many of the FC Gold Pride games played in Santa Clara.

So, What Is Soccer? (by Larry Tabash) is a fun book about two sisters who play soccer, and their father who teaches them about the game. And on a more elementary level, My Soccer Book (by Gail Gibbons) is an introduction to the sport for totally new players. Not that Felicia was ever a new player, but the book will help codify the rules in her mind.