by Lydia Williams (Author) Lucinda Gifford (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Little Lydia moves from the desert to start a new adventure in a big city. Leaving her desert animal friends behind is hard - but soon she makes some new friends at the zoo. It takes her time to find her feet and has to practice new skills to improve her game.

She learns from the zoo animals that being different is not such a scary thing and that everyone can teach you something new! A joyous and triumphant picture book about friendship sport, and teamwork by Lydia Williams, goalkeeper for the Australian Matildas and for Arsenal in the UK.

Lydia Williams
Lydia Williams is an Indigenous Australian soccer player. She grew up on the red dirt of Western Australia. During her childhood, she traveled with her family to many Aboriginal communities where she learned how to play sports with bare feet. Her family taught her how to live off the land and the values of Indigenous culture; they even had two pet kangaroos. When her family moved to Canberra, Lydia started playing soccer competitively as a way to make friends. Having played soccer for nearly 20 years, she currently plays for Arsenal in the WSL in England and is the first-choice goalkeeper for the Australian Matildas.

Lucinda Gifford is the author and illustrator of many well-loved books for kids. Many years ago, Lucinda studied architecture in Scotland, where she learned to draw fancy buildings and moody scenery. She also likes to draw dragons, cats, and magical frogs--despite never having studied witchcraft. Now based in Melbourne, Lucinda works from a small home studio full of books, plants, dragons' blood, and newts' tongues.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
October 20, 2021

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