Schema: football, being on a team, being the smaller one on a team
Text-to-Self Connections: playing football, waking up for school
Story Elements: Problem: Mo is small and isn’t getting to play as much as he would like to
Plot: Mo wants to play and practices holding on to a buttery football. The coach uses Mo’s size to fool the opposing team into thinking that Mo will never carry the ball.
Solution: Mo gets to catch the winning pass in a game.
This is such a satisfying read for a beginning reader. It’s a level 2 in the Penguin Young Readers series. Full color illustrations feature Mo as an African American boy.