For the Love of the Game: Michael Jordan and Me

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This inspiring poem encourages children to view life with the same determination and passion that Michael Jordan displays in how he plays basketball. By listening to their inner voice and looking to those who love and support them, children can find their own way to fly. Distinguished poet Eloise Greenfield and celebrated artist Jan Spivey Gilchrist honor the beauty of the human spirit and offer a timeless message that will resonate with readers young and old.

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Overview

This inspiring poem encourages children to view life with the same determination and passion that Michael Jordan displays in how he plays basketball. By listening to their inner voice and looking to those who love and support them, children can find their own way to fly. Distinguished poet Eloise Greenfield and celebrated artist Jan Spivey Gilchrist honor the beauty of the human spirit and offer a timeless message that will resonate with readers young and old.

Two children discover the importance of determination and find inspiration in the life of Michael Jordan.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Just-retired basketball superstar Michael Jordan is the subject of this tribute in verse and paintings. All ages. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Catherine Campbell Wright
This breathtaking book by renowned poet Eloise Greenfield and celebrated artist Jan Spivey Gilchrist is best reviewed by the author herself. "An eleven-year-old girl and boy express their feelings about the world, its beauty and its hazards. They are drawn to the world and intensely curious, yet apprehensive about what life may have in store for them. They come to understand the importance of listening to their innermost selves, their spirits, and they feel their connection to the spirit that makes Michael Jordan fly." Each page brings readers' goosebumps higher and higher on the surface of their skin. It is quite simply, a beautiful and inspirational piece of work.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4A distinguished poet and artist have combined their talents once again in a book that celebrates the human spirit in poetic words and powerful visual images. Starting with the image of a young Michael Jordan following his dream onto the basketball court, the poem then focuses on two children, a boy and girl, overcoming the "voices/of naysayers/You can't, too hard,/you can't" to find the strength within themselves to follow their own dreams: "I take my stance/I make my move./For the love of the game/of my life/I live." The vibrant watercolors show a Michael Jordan who is as large as life. The children are depicted in their pajamas, in keeping with the dreamlike feel of the art and text. Throughout the illustrations, an eagle is shown hovering in the background, dramatizing the gravity-defying moves of the athlete and the need for the children to find their own wings: "I listen to my heart/beating my rhythm." The overall effect is a powerful blending of words and pictures that delivers a message that needs to be heard by children growing up in a hostile world.Connie C. Rockman, formerly at Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064435550
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Series: Trophy Picture Bks.
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 554,312
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Eloise Greenfield is the author of an illustrious list of books for young people, including The Friendly Four, a Texas 2x2 Reading List book; In the Land of Words, an NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts; and How They Got Over: African Americans and the Call of the Sea, winner of a Bank Street Children's Book Award—all illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. She is a recipient of the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award; the Coretta Scott King Author Award; the Award of Excellence from the Washington, D.C., branch of the National Writing Project; the Milner Award; the Hope S. Dean Award from the Foundation for Children's Literature; and the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Ms. Greenfield lives in Washington, D.C.

Jan Spivey Gilchrist illustrated the Coretta Scott King Award Book Nathaniel Talking, the Coretta Scott King Honor Book Night on Neighborhood Street, and Me & Neesie, all written by Eloise Greenfield. She wrote and co-illustrated My America with Ashley Bryan, which was named a Parents' Choice Recommended Award winner. An inductee into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent, Ms. Gilchrist received an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College and a doctoral degree in English from Madison University. She lives near Chicago, Illinois.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2003

    It sucks

    this book super sucks and is a waste of money. it says nothing about basketball and is negative in negative ways. spend the money you have on the movie yoga for dummies. its way worth your time.

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