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Allie's Basketball Dream

Allie's Basketball Dream

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by Barbara E. Barber

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With encouragement from her father, a young African American girl discovers that practice makes perfect on the basketball court.


With encouragement from her father, a young African American girl discovers that practice makes perfect on the basketball court.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Repeatedly told that "basketball's a boy's game," a girl's confidence falters and then rebounds in this encouraging tale. Allie tries out her brand-new basketball, a gift from her father, at a city playground. Although she wants to be a professional player, first she has to get the ball in, and not even her girlfriends want to play. Allie finally convinces one boy that girls can shoot hoops too, and her father returns just in time to see her make a perfect basket. Barber's (Saturday at the New You) message is deserving, if delivered with a heavy hand: the rebuffs Allie weathers are countless, and then applause is just as universal. Ligasan (Caravan) contributes stylized art, created by transferring pencil sketches into a computer. His high-tech medium imparts a three-dimensional look and some playful distortions, too, an effect like that of wide-angle lens. By bringing objects in and out of focus, he effectively portrays motion, adding bounce to a story of perseverance. Ages 4-up. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Allie, a young black girl, receives a basketball as a gift from her father. Having been in love with the sport since she attended a game at Madison Square Garden, she's anxious to test her skills with her new ball. Her father walks her to a park where she shoots a few hoops with little success. As time goes by, Allie runs into friends and acquaintances who decline to join her on the court, some even commenting that they thought basketball was "for boys." Undaunted, the girl begins to find the range of her shot, and those who previously scoffed at her efforts begin to take notice. This pleasant though unremarkable story presents a strong female protagonist and a multiethnic supporting cast. The full-color illustrations, "created using a variety of traditional and digital techniques," radiate from the page, producing an almost fluorescent glow. An additional purchase for libraries looking for picture books about sports.-Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI

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Lee & Low Books, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Allie's Basketball Dream 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book because girls are always told that they cannot play or will not excell in sports. I liked the relationship between Allie and her Dad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Allie never gave up on making that basket .So she kept on trying,even when the older boys made fun of her