Score a touchdown with reading “rookies” in this North American Spanish translation of the Chicago Bears, focusing on their Super Bowl win and losses. Approachable, elementary text and engaging photos explain this NFL team’s records and memorable championships, including the Bears’ 1986 Super Bowl title. Vibrant, color-blocked layouts spotlight sensational players of different eras, such as Dick Butkus and Khalil Mack. An “About the Team” page reviews important facts for young football fans. Includes a table of contents, labeled images, glossary, and index.
Part of the Campeones del Super Bowl (2023) series
The illustrated “Super Bowl Champions” series provides elementary-aged readers with an introduction to some of the most successful and storied professional football teams ever to play in the National Football League (NFL). Each volume in this series provides readers with background information about the history of these championship teams, some of the franchises’ greatest players, and just how they were able to capture what is perhaps the most coveted championship trophy in the pantheon of North American professional sports. In this Spanish language selection from the “Campeones del Super Bowl” series, readers are presented with the story of the Chicago Bears. Originally founded in 1919 in Decatur, Illinois by team owner and head coach George Halas, the franchise that was to become the “Monsters of the Midway” had quite a humble beginning. George Halas relocated the Decatur Staleys to Chicago in 1921; they were renamed the Chicago Bears and joined the fledgling NFL. George Halas, whose nickname became “Papa Bear,” proved to be a highly successful head coach and owner of a team that would win multiple NFL championships in the 1940s and 50s. The Bears' last NFL championship prior to the 1966 merger of the NFL and rival American Football League (AFL) was in 1963. Once the Super Bowl became a reality in January of 1967, Bears’ fans had to wait two decades before they would see their team compete in a league championship game. In January of 1986, the Chicago Bears, spearheaded by a fantastic defense, the quarterbacking of Jim McMahon, superstar running back Walter Payton, and the fiery coaching of Mike Ditka, were able to pummel the New England Patriots and win the Super Bowl. Subsequently, the Bears have been able to reach the Super Bowl only one other time, in January 2007. That time, they were defeated by the Indianapolis Colts led by their great quarterback, Peyton Manning. Since that season, the Bears have reached the conference championship game, one step from the Super Bowl, just once. With a team history peppered with stars such as Bronko Nagurski, Red Grange, Dick Butkus, Gayle Sayers, Sid Luckman, Mike Singletary, and Brian Urlacher, the Chicago Bears remain one of the foundational franchises in NFL history. This team’s saga is nicely explained in this approachable and vividly illustrated sports book. Young football fans will enjoy this book, as well as others in the parent series.
–Children's Literature, 10/06/2022