Salt In His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream

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Michael Jordan.
The mere mention of the name conjures up visions of basketball played at its absolute best. But as a child, Michael almost gave up on his hoop dreams, all because he feared he'd never grow tall enough to play the game that would one day make him famous. That's when his mother and father stepped in and shared the invaluable lesson of what really goes into the making of a champion — patience, determination, and hard work.
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Michael Jordan.
The mere mention of the name conjures up visions of basketball played at its absolute best. But as a child, Michael almost gave up on his hoop dreams, all because he feared he'd never grow tall enough to play the game that would one day make him famous. That's when his mother and father stepped in and shared the invaluable lesson of what really goes into the making of a champion — patience, determination, and hard work.
Deloris Jordan, mother of the basketball phenomenon, teams up with his sister Roslyn to tell this heartwarming and inspirational story that only the members of the Jordan family could tell. It's a tale about faith and hope and how any family working together can help a child make his or her dreams come true.

Young Michael Jordan, who is smaller than the other players, learns that determination and hard work are more important than size when playing the game of basketball.

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Editorial Reviews

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The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

A picture-book winner.

Boston Herald

[A] slam-dunk effort.

Chicago magazine

An inspiring piece of Jordaniana.

Kirkus Reviews


Miami Herald

The power of myth-in-the-making.

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Michael Jordan's mother and sister team up for an inspirational story about this athlete's earliest on-court efforts. Nelson (Big Jabe) is also a strong player here; he contributes animated art, rendered in a cartoon style that is informal yet polished. In the opening scenario, a bully intimidates young Jordan during a basketball game at a neighborhood park, causing him to flub a pass. Michael tells his older brothers, "I am really sorry, guys. If I were taller that wouldn't have happened." When he asks his mother what will make him grow, she advises him to put salt in his shoes and say a prayer every night. Though he obliges--and continues to practice shooting baskets at home--his efforts don't immediately pay off. One day, his father convinces him that, rather than being tall, "practice, determination, and giving your best" are the keys to being "a real winner," and Michael runs off to join his brothers in the park, where he makes the game's winning shot. Though the book ends with a rather facile slam-dunk, the authors offer authoritative insight into this six-foot-six-inch-tall hoopster's boyhood spunk as well as reassurance to young athletes impatient for a growth spurt. Nelson handily balances in-your-face on-court action with more reflective portraits of the player's inner growth. All ages. (Nov.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This book is dedicated to all children who have dreams. Learning about the struggles that Michael Jordan encountered as he pursued his childhood dream will help other children recognize that they, too, can achieve their dreams. When Michael was a child he played basketball with his older brothers and their teammates. Because he was shorter than they were, he wasn't able to make the baskets. So he considered giving up his desire to play basketball because he feared that he would never be tall enough to play. The encouragement and support from his big brothers and parents, with a little salt in his shoes, helped Michael recognize that patience, determination and working hard are the key ingredients for achieving ones goals. 2000, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Deloris Jordan tells of an episode in her famous son's childhood in which the future superstar yearned to be a better basketball player. Michael wished to be taller so that he could compete with the bigger kids, particularly one member of an opposing team. His mother suggested that a combination of salt in his shoes, patience, and prayer would do the trick. Michael, seeing his mother's success with plants, agreed to give it a try, but after several months, he was disappointed to see that he was still the same size. While his mother prayed, he practiced instead of playing but still he didn't grow. When he told his father that he needed to be taller, his father explained that he was already a great player because of his heart, and that "practice, determination, and giving your best" were the things that made someone a winner. Michael returned to playing basketball and made the winning basket for his brothers' team. This readable and entertaining story will delight the superstar's fans. Nelson's illustrations bring the right blend of vivid color, realism, and personality, giving youngsters plenty of details to pore over between readings. It should read aloud well for younger children and their parents, and independent readers will enjoy it on their own.-Jeffrey A. French, Euclid Public Library, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689833717
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 324,734
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Deloris Jordan is Michael Jordan’s mother and the coauthor of Salt in His Shoes, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, which Booklist called “inspirational;” Did I Tell You I Love You Today?, illustrated by Shane W. Evans, which was called “a tender read-aloud” by Kirkus Reviews; and Dream Big. She is also the author of Family First: Winning the Parenting Game, a book highlighting the seven principles of parenting. Through her work with the James Jordan Foundation in Chicago, Illinois, as well as the Jordan Institute for Families at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mrs. Jordan is widely regarded as an advocate for children and families. The mother of five children and the grandmother of eleven, Mrs. Jordan lives in Chicago.

Roslyn M. Jordan is Michael Jordan's sister and the coauthor, with Deloris Jordan, of Salt in His Shoes and Did I Tell You I Love You Today? She lives in Chicago.

Kadir Nelson is the widely acclaimed illustrator of many books for children, including Thunder Rose, written by Jerdine Nolen, which received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award; Ellington Was Not a Street, written by Ntozake Shange, which received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award; and Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Life, written by Jerdine Nolen, which won the 2005 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. He is also the illustrator of Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordan’s Salt in His Shoes and Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee's Please, Baby, Please and Please, Puppy, Please. Kadir Nelson lives with his family in San Diego, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2011

    When is it coming to NOOK?

    Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing has limited ebook for nook. Probably a great book, but waiting for it to go digital.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2006

    College student

    I recieved this book as a gift I would highly recommended this book to young athletes. It is a cute book that shows how Michaels mother played a wonderous role in showing her son he can do anything he puts his mind to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2002

    good book- not just for basketball lovers

    I read this to my 4 year old daughter and found it to be very charming. The illustrations are wonderful and the storyline shows the rewards of faith, perseverence, practice, and determination. I also appreciate that it shows his family members being supportive and encouraging. My daughter doesn't know who MJ is, but she enjoys this book & I do too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2002

    This book is great

    This book is about Michal Jordan and how he became great at basketball. If you like basketball this is the book is for you. This book is about how hard it for him become the greatest basketball player alive.

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