What Athletes Are Made of

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Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a legandary sports star? Talent? Determination? Teamwork? You're right, but it takes more than that. Using everyday items like toy airplanes, Coke bottles, and pencil sharpeners, and with fun and fascinating tales of each player's life — on and off the field — Hanoch Piven shows us what our favorite pro-athletes of the past and present are really made of.

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Overview

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a legandary sports star? Talent? Determination? Teamwork? You're right, but it takes more than that. Using everyday items like toy airplanes, Coke bottles, and pencil sharpeners, and with fun and fascinating tales of each player's life — on and off the field — Hanoch Piven shows us what our favorite pro-athletes of the past and present are really made of.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Having paid tribute, via clever collage caricatures, to Commanders-in-Chief in What Presidents Are Made Of, Hanoch Piven now turns to some of the great names in sports for What Athletes Are Made Of. Muhammad Ali demonstrates "Athletes are made of big mouths" (a portrait shows his lips made of a megaphone, alongside a couple famous quotes), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar "great minds" (question-mark-shaped tools and magnifying glasses comprise his eyeglasses) and Martina Navratilova, sporting a Statue-of-Liberty crown, represents "free spirits," accompanied by a brief description of her defection from Czechoslovakia. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-6-Twenty-three competitors, ranging from the celebrated (Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Joe DiMaggio) to the less familiar (Diego Maradona, Michael Schumacher, Annika Sorenstam) are presented on colorful spreads. Each one is introduced with a phrase that reflects the book's title and highlights a defining characteristic (e.g., for Wayne Gretzky, "Athletes are made of brains over brawn"). A lively paragraph offers a cursory look at a personal event or anecdote that emphasizes that particular trait, describing both accomplishments and foibles. Gouache collage portraits are decorated with items that cleverly reflect each individual's profession and personality. For instance, Babe Ruth ("Athletes are made of a hunger for greatness") has Coke-bottle eyebrows, baseball gloves and balls for eyes, a large steak for a nose, and a hot dog with bun for a mouth. Surprisingly, these pictures actually do look like the subjects. Brief biographical facts about each athlete and a small photo are appended. While not a first purchase, this title is fun to browse. It could also inspire students to create self-portraits using items that expose their personalities, likes, and strengths, or to make a similar book about their favorite people. Make sure the art staff sees this one.-Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Piven follows up What Presidents Are Made Of (2004) with an equally quirky gallery of athlete portraits made from buttons, gears, plastic miniatures and other found items attached to painted backgrounds. He links his 23 choices, most of whom are still active, or at least living, with the titular theme. Athletes are made of "Flash and Dash" (David Beckham), "Tough Stuff" (Joe Namath), "Big Mouths" (Muhammad Ali), "Funny Habits" (Michael Jordan)-and for he each adds an introductory paragraph and a factoid or two, backed up by further stats or records with thumbnail photos at the end. Though the portraits are too stylized to be recognizable on their own, and several text blocks are semi-legibly printed on dark backgrounds, seeing David Beckham's face formed by whistles for eyes and a bottle of pink nail polish (which he's been known to wear) for a nose, or a hot dog standing in for Babe Ruth's mouth and a funnel for Muhammad Ali's may draw chuckles from easily amused viewers. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416910022
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/9/2006
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 709,672
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Hanoch Piven is the acclaimed creator of Let’s Make Faces, What Presidents Are Made Of, What Athletes Are Made Of, and What Cats Are Made Of, among other books for children. His incisive portraits have been published in the United States in such major magazines as Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Entertainment Weekly, and The New York Times. He lives with his wife and children in Israel. Visit him at PivenWorld.com.

Hanoch Piven is the acclaimed creator of Let’s Make Faces, What Presidents Are Made Of, What Athletes Are Made Of, and What Cats Are Made Of, among other books for children. His incisive portraits have been published in the United States in such major magazines as Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Entertainment Weekly, and The New York Times. He lives with his wife and children in Israel. Visit him at PivenWorld.com.

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