Champion: The Story of Muhammad Ali

Champion: The Story of Muhammad Ali

by Jim Haskins, Eric Velasquez
     
 

"I am the greatest! I am the king!"

Bold and boisterous—Muhammad Ali was one of the most electrifying, inspiring, and confrontational athletes of his generation. At the height of his career, Ali was as despised as he was adored. Loud and aggressive as well as confident and dedicated, he was the quintessential showman, the undeniable champion of his

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"I am the greatest! I am the king!"

Bold and boisterous—Muhammad Ali was one of the most electrifying, inspiring, and confrontational athletes of his generation. At the height of his career, Ali was as despised as he was adored. Loud and aggressive as well as confident and dedicated, he was the quintessential showman, the undeniable champion of his sport, and one of the most recognizable faces in the world. He was challenged at every turn: faced with racial discrimination in his everyday life, mocked by the sports media as his career began, ridiculed for adopting a new religion, and stripped by the U.S. government of his very livelihood for refusing to go to war.

Muhammad Ali faced the obstacles in his life the way he faced his opponents in the ring, brashly and with all the force at his command. In his private life, he was also deeply spiritual, committed to standing up against social injustice, and steadfast in his beliefs.

Ali's shadows have faded with time, leaving behind an international icon and a role model for generations—a champion both inside the ring and out

Featuring stunning illustrations and covering his entire life from childhood through his professional career to his current battle with Parkinson's Syndrome, Jim Haskins and Eric Velasquez have created a moving tribute that introduces this electrifying and impressive figure to a new generation.

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Author Jim Haskins and illustrator Eric Velasquez have put together an excellent picture-book biography honoring the man who strove to knock down racial and religious barriers while kayoing some of the greatest fighters of his time.

Champion takes readers through Muhammad Ali's entire life. Written in a clear and engaging manner, the book shows how the young Cassius Clay decided to take up boxing after his bike was stolen in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Following the boxer's career from his gold-medal victory at the 1960 Summer Olympics to his surprise appearance at the '96 Games, Haskins provides a complete portrait filled with all the important events: the first world-championship fight with Sonny Liston in 1964, Ali's conversion from Christianity to Islam, his refusal to join the army during the Vietnam War, and his famous "Rumble in the Jungle" with George Foreman. The book also ends nicely with a chronology of Ali's life, along with a selected bibliography for adults and young readers.

Although this book is aimed at upper-elementary and middle-grade readers, it's suitable for anyone who wants to learn more about tolerance and understand the ability of a single person to make a difference in society. Velasquez's oil illustrations -- particularly the close-ups -- capture Ali's emotional expressions wonderfully, enhancing a vibrant tribute to this important figure. (Matt Warner)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802787842
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
05/01/2002
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.38(w) x 12.34(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Jim Haskins is the author of over one hundred books and has an unrivaled background in writing African-American nonfiction for young readers. Among his many awards is the "Coretta Scott King Medal", which he received in 1977 for The Story of Stevie Wonder. Since then, he has won six Honor citations. Mr. Haskins splits his time between Gainesville, Florida, and New York City.

Eric Velasquez won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for his illustrations in The Piano Man. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts and now lives in Hartsdale, New York, with his wife, Deborah

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