I Shook Up the World: The Incredible Life of Muhammad Ali

I Shook Up the World: The Incredible Life of Muhammad Ali

by Maryum Ali, Patrick Johnson
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

I Shook Up the World is an illustrated tribute to Muhammad Ali written by his oldest daughter, Maryum. The book tells Ali's story from the beginning to the present � how he started boxing, earned an Olympic Gold Medal, won the heavyweight championship, worked for civil rights, and made a principled stand against the Vietnam War. Ali�s trademark rhyming, the joy of his

Overview

I Shook Up the World is an illustrated tribute to Muhammad Ali written by his oldest daughter, Maryum. The book tells Ali's story from the beginning to the present � how he started boxing, earned an Olympic Gold Medal, won the heavyweight championship, worked for civil rights, and made a principled stand against the Vietnam War. Ali�s trademark rhyming, the joy of his fans and the bane of his opponents, is interspersed throughout the �rounds� (chapters). Young readers will appreciate Patrick Johnson�s colorful illustrations, and the introduction provided by the great man himself. An historical timeline on Ali's life is included.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Ali's daughter tells the story of his life in ten condensed "rounds." Round one began with a disaster and provided the unexpected beginning of his lifelong triumphs. His bicycle was stolen from the town fair when he was twelve years old. It was never recovered, but the police officer he talked to invited him to come to the Columbia Gym to learn to box. He found that he loved boxing and his father encouraged him with the constant reminder to follow his heart and never give up his dreams. His hard work paid off when he won an Olympic Medal at eighteen. He began his trademark poetry recitations with "I fought a Belgian, a Russian, and a Polish fellow; defeated them all to take home the medal." His next dream was to become the Heavyweight Champion of the World. He began bragging that he planned to beat Sonny Liston and when he did, he announced that he was "the greatest." He surprised everyone when he decided to change his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali in honor of his conversion to the Islam religion. Sticking by his convictions, he refused to join the army during the Vietnam War. He was labeled a draft-dodger and his championship title was taken away. He could not earn his living from boxing for three years. When the Supreme Court reversed his conviction, he immediately announced his intention of regaining the championship title. He cleverly won through use of his own new technique, "the Rope-a-Dope." His daughter fondly recalls the advice he gave to all nine of his children. "Do what's inside your heart and never give up on your dreams." Large, colorful illustrations capture the elation of Ali's victories and the dismay of his setbacks. An epilogue, an author's note, and chronologyof Ali's life provide additional factual information. An accessible and inspirational biography for children. 2003, Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 7 to 11.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836840988
Publisher:
Gareth Stevens Publishing
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Series:
Picture Books/Quality Time Ser.
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.72(w) x 11.22(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >