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Hank Aaron: Brave in Every Way

Press:Harcourt Childrens Books Gulliver Books; 1 edition (April 1, 2001)
Publication Date:2001-4
ISBN:9780152020934
Author Name:Golenbock, Peter/ Lee, Paul (ILT)
Pages:32
Language:English

Content

On April 8, 1974, America watched as Hank Aaron stepped up to the plate. 
The pitch was low and down the middle.
Hank swung--and hit career home run number 715! With that hit, he surpassed Babe Ruth's legendary record and realized a lifelong dream.
Before blacks were allowed to play in the major leagues, Hank was determined that that was where he was going to play.
When his success in the field triggered a deluge of hate mail, he refused to back down.
This is the moving story of Hank Aaron's strength and perseverance--of how he became a great ballplayer and an inspiration to us all.

From School Library Journal

Gr 1-3-This richly illustrated biography tells the story of the Hall of Famer by placing him in the proper historical context and attempting to humanize him. 
Aaron, a southern country boy, followed his dreams under the strict, but loving guidance of his parents.
Despite his mother's wish that he attend college, he took a job on a professional team and rose quickly to the top as a home-run hitter.
However, with racial tensions at an all-time high in the United States, his journey was not without problems.
Hate mail and threats began to chip away at his hopes for success, until Aaron's adoring fans helped keep his dream alive.
What Golenbock does well is capture the feel of 1960s' America, swelling with civil-rights tension.
He deftly tells the athlete's story and proves that his subject certainly was "brave in every way." At times the narrative is a bit slow and the style is dry.
Still, this baseball giant is brought down to earth as readers learn of his humble past and his personal struggles.
Lee's strong, full-page acrylic illustrations in rich tones and textures work well and give the story depth and intensity.Holly T.
Sneeringer, St.
Mark School, Baltimore, MDCopyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Gr. 
2-4, younger for reading aloud.
This attractive addition to a growing list of illustrated sports biographies details the life of Hank Aaron, with emphasis on his run to break Babe Ruth's home-run record.
The book traces Aaron's humble beginnings, enriched by his parents' encouragement.
After Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, Aaron's dream of playing major-league baseball became a reality.
Aaron's powerful hitting led him to set the goal of breaking Ruth's record, and when the Milwaukee Braves moved to Atlanta, he hit more homers than ever.
But many people resented Aaron's attempt because of his color, and he began to get angry letters, even death threats.
In 1973, the press began doing stories about the hate mail.
In response, fans began sending Aaron encouraging letters, and by the time he broke the record, he had received almost a million letters of support.
The uplifting text is matched by Lee's muscular artwork.
Together, pictures and text capture the excitement, determination, and impressive victory of Aaron's accomplishment.
Use this winning book as start for discussion about racism in America.
Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association.
All rights reserved

Review

"A fable of hope, endurance, and faith."   -- Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2001"This picture book biography of one of baseball's greats inspires as well as informs."  -- Publishers Weekly, April 9, 2001

About the Author

PETER GOLENBOCK is a well-known sports journalist as well as the author of Teammates and five New York Times Book Review bestsellers. 
He lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida.PAUL LEE has illustrated two previous children's books for Harcourt.
He lives in Placentia, California.

Tags

Children's Books,Biographies,Sports & Recreation,Sports & Outdoors,Baseball,Multicultural

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Comment List (Total:7)

  •     This is a nice book about Hank Aaron, the baseball player who broke Babe Ruth's home run record. It is also about an African-American man who managed to brake into Major League Baseball and endure threats from racist people who didn't like the fact he played. An inspiring story about overcoming people's bad attitudes and hatred while trying to achieve a goal.

  •     it is a great biography that descibes hanks courage during a very difficult time in his carrer. however, hank overcomes all the negativity and becomes the all time home run record holder.

  •     This was a nice introduction to Hank Aaron. Colorful paintings accompany the story. He was very brave and talented and he helped break the color lines in baseball. He set a good example for African Americans. He did not let racism stop him from being successful in baseball. This is a good book for young readers. Recommended for fans of Hank Aaron.

  •     Yes!! Great book written about a great man!

  •     This book does a tremendous job of showcasing Hank Aaron's accomplishments and personality. Our present-day pro athletes swim in a sewer of bad language and despicable conduct, a culture largely of their own making. I'm raising a family of boys, and finding a biography like this of an admirable athlete, a biography that is so well-written and well-illustrated -- it's a blessing.The love surrounding young Hank comes through loud and clear in the beginning pages of the book. And his accomplishments shine out of the rest of the pages -- the illustrations are so clear and vivid, so joyful.Peter Golenbeck and Paul Lee did great work on this book. I hope they'll team up again, to inspire even more boys to chase their dreams.

  •     The story Henry "Hank" Aaron begins right when you open Hank Aaron Brave in Every Way by: Peter Golenbock. Paul Lee colorfully illustrates every page. Hank's story from birth to the HR record is told in this great biography. The book will inspire every young person to not give up. Hank's perseverance to make the majors will show kids that miracles can happen. Paul Lee's illustrations by there selves could tell the story. Pictures of Henry with his family are extremely artistic. Hank Aaron is a great example that hard work pays off. His mom said "Hank, try to be the best." He took that attitude all the way. Hank Aaron: Brave in Every Way is a great read for people of all ages. People will admire Hank Aaron's talent and will. The pictures also help tell the story very well.

  •     Perfect gift - inspiring story, nice illustrations.

 

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