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

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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, a joy to him and the bane of his opponents, in interspersed throughout the “rounds” (chapters). Young readers will appreciate Patrick Johnson’s colorful ...

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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, a joy to him and the bane of his opponents, in interspersed throughout the “rounds” (chapters). Young readers will appreciate Patrick Johnson’s colorful illustrations and the introduction provided by the great man himself. A historical timeline of Ali’s life is included.

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"I am humbled by the admiration I have received from so many people. I had a blessed career, and I am honored that my daughter has written my story to share with future generations."
—Muhammad Ali, boxing legend
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582700908
  • Publisher: Aladdin/Beyond Words
  • Publication date: 10/5/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Maryum Ali is the oldest of nine children in the Ali family. Currently, she works as a stand-up comedian, with at-risk youth, and writes screenplays and children's stories in her spare time. Maryum has also made numerous TV appearances on talk shows and sitcoms. Maryum lives and works in Los Angeles.

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