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Gr 2-4-A picture-book autobiography of a current star of the Minnesota Twins. Puckett describes highlights of his career and simultaneously admonishes readers to believe in themselves; be good people; and stay away from troublemakers, drugs, and tobacco. While bordering on the didactic, this advice comes from an athelete who seems to practice what he preaches. The book is handsomely designed, with both full-color photographs and watercolor paintings featured prominently throughout the text. A brief list of career highlights appears at the end of the book, along with ``Kirby's Extra Innings,'' 10 pointers on leading a good life. The book's format and the age of the intended audience limit the amount of information that is presented, making it somewhat similar in factual content to David Adler's picture-book biographies. Because of the ball player's popularity in the Midwest, libraries in that area will want to consider this title for purchase.-Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Janice Del Negro
Born in Chicago in 1961, Kirby Puckett lived with his family on the fourteenth floor of a building in the Robert Taylor Homes, a ghetto housing project once called "the place where hope dies." But Puckett insists he never lost faith: "You need hope to be the best you can be." Touching on peer pressure, on avoiding drugs and bad company, and on accepting yourself for who you are, Puckett tells the story of his life and how he created his own future in a world that told him he didn't have one. With numerous photographs and watercolor illustrations to support the readable text, the book is a solid piece of inspirational biography that portrays both the man and the baseball player. It will be a useful purchase for school and public libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780931674204
  • Publisher: TRISTAN Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1993
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 864,010
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.23 (w) x 8.65 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2006


    This book is for anyone who wants to learn some of life's lessons. It is a classic book I purchased years ago. I re-read it after Puck's death. It really has some great advice from a great player who never gave up. You just have to read it. I promise you will fall in love with it.

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