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What we love…

beautiful illustrations, teaching of diversity and that people from all parts of the country can be together to play a sport

What we’d love to see…

option to have pages re-read without having to flip back and forth; glossary of terms at the end of the story and integration of the handouts available via the web at the end of the story.


Well done story about soccer (or football) with Noah and Clive and their journey to Brazil to learn about soccer

Our Rating

A Soccer (or Football) Sleepover in BrazilA Soccer (or Football) Sleepover in Brazil by Forty Winks is a iPad only app designed in an interactive storybook format featuring a world cup soccer championship.  The app features the following reading methods: read to me without highlights, read to me with highlights and read by myself.  The app also provides “fun facts” as glossary words which pop up on the bottom of the screen after the pages are in the “read to me” mode.   The app is designed for children from late preschool (age 4) through early elementary school (age 8).  Themes in the book included: friendship, sports, social issues as well as integration with national and international learning standards.

I liked how the book featured two characters Clive and Noah and then featured Fernão who talked about the fact that soccer is called football  in different countries.  This helps to introduce the concept that different cultures have different words for things.  My son’s favorite part of the story was helping Clive and Noah pack their sleepover bag and heading to the “secret” midnight soccer game.  The illustrations in the book are bright really draw the reader into the story.  We also liked the Community Cup and how that the soccer or football game brought people from different places together despite perceived differences and celebrated different cultures and diversity in a child friendly way.  My first grader  found the text of the book engaging and since he loves to play soccer enjoyed learning that soccer although it has different names is played with the same rules all over the world.  He also liked working with me to solve the riddle to find the midnight game.

In terms of enhancements in the read to me mode, I would like the option to have the page re-read without having to page back and forward again.  It might also be nice to explain the concept of World Cup Soccer in the story since the timing of the release ties nicely with the underlying themes.  Having a copy all the glossary words on one page at  the end of the story will reinforce key concepts from throughout the book.  I’d like to see the fact sheet about soccer versus football included in the story at the end as well for easy reference for children without having to go to an external website.  It might also be nice to incorporate a female character into future editions if they do decide to have a Global Sleepover World Cup story.

The app has no advertising, in-app purchases and is easy for a child to read either by them-self or with a parent.   When read using the narration it takes just over thirty minutes just for the story, so it may be hard for children with shorter attention spans to listen to the entire thing in one sitting.   The app does contain external links to the internet on the last page but they are protected by a parental gate which requires the solving of a math problem.   The book also includes a teacher’s guide which is great for hitting on key concepts of the story and can be downloaded via PDF from the internet as well as a fact sheet about soccer versus football.  The story meets  National Common Core Standards (U.S.) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Standards as well.

Overall, I think this a fun story which teaches key concepts of diversity, understanding and culture with a topic that young children especially those that love sports will identify with.

A Soccer (or Football) Sleepover in Brazil
A Soccer (or Football) Sleepover in Brazil
by Forty Winks, LLC

Category: Books, Educational, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPad WiFi, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadMini4G, iPadFourthGen, iPad 2 WiFI, iPadThirdGen, iPadMini, iPad 2 3G, iPad 3G, iPadFourthGen4G
Size: 93.2 MB


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note the free game does include external links without a parental gate to iTunes

A Soccer (or Football) Game
A Soccer (or Football) Game
by Forty Winks, LLC

Category: Games, Sports
Requirements: Compatible with iPadThirdGen4G, iPad 3G, iPad 2 WiFI, iPad 2 3G, iPad WiFi, iPadFourthGen, iPadThirdGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini4G, iPadMini
Size: 61.6 MB


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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.


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