Press:Harcourt Childrens Books Gulliver Books; 1 edition (April 1, 2001)
Author Name:Golenbock, Peter/ Lee, Paul (ILT)
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.
Mark School, Baltimore, MDCopyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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.
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"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.
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