Author: David A. Adler
Illustrator: Sam Ricks
Genre: Children’s Books
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers; 2015
Awards: 2016 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
Themes: persistence, hard work, practice, team work
Summary: Mo is the tiniest player on the football team. He is often teased because of his size and called ‘butterfingers’. The coach purposefully tells the team not to throw it to Mo and even makes the ball harder for Mo to catch. It sounds mean, but the coach has a plan all along having more faith in Mo than he did in himself.
Response: What values were conveyed through this book? How were these values or social views conveyed to the reader?
The value of hard work and determination despite your physical appearance in the face of adversity is portrayed in this children’s book. Mo may have been small, but his coach believed in him to make the play of the season. The coach’s faith in even his smallest players made the difference for the entire team. The value of team work and faith in one another was portrayed by Mo continuing to play on the football team and the coach to work on Mo’s skills when no one else was watching. Everyone can add to a playing field no matter there outward ability.