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ISBN-13: 9780689865596
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date: 08/31/2004
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 489,042
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: AD580L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Tiki Barber is a record-holding retired running back for the New York Giants. He married and is the father of four children.

Ronde Barber is a record-holding cornerback who retired after fifteen seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is one of only two cornerbacks selected to the Pro Bowl five times. He is married with two daughters.

Robert Burleigh is the award-winning author of many books for children, including The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn, illustrated by Barry Blitt; Night Flight, illustrated by Wendell Minor; Black Whiteness, illustrated by Walter Lyon Krudop; and Sylvia’s Bookshop, illustrated by Katy Wu. His many other books include Hoops; Stealing Home; and Clang! Clang! Beep! Beep! He lives in Michigan.

Barry Root is the illustrator of many books for children, including Gumbrella, which he also wrote; Dream Big; By My Brother’s Side; and Game Day, which received a Christopher Award in the category of books for young people. He lives with his family in Quarryville, Pennsylvania.


An Interview with Tiki and Ronde Barber

You both played a lot of sports as kids. At what age did you two decide that you were most serious about football?

TB: We probably didn't exclusively focus on football until our second year in college. We just enjoyed being athletes.
RB: I don't think it was ever a case of deciding that football was the right sport to get serious about. We were both great track-and-field athletes as well, and we competed into our college days. I would guess that our senior years in high school, after we accepted our football scholarships, was when we said this is what we are best at.

Tiki, did you ever have any trouble with the leg you broke as a child? Ronde, have you had any injuries playing sports?

TB: After I was healed up and competing again I never had trouble with it (for the record, I only lacerated my leg, albeit to the bone, nothing was broken).
RB: I have had many injuries playing football. Far too many to recall, actually. I have recovered from five different surgeries from my second year in college through my last one in 2003.

Did you ever try to switch places on the field?

TB: No, our positions are too different, it would be a disaster.
RB: No. I never felt a need for that. At some point we became fairly specialized at what we do. Of course, in recreational football and even through prep ball, we played everywhere.

Do you have a favorite childhood book?

TB: The Little Engine That Could.
RB: I would guess it was a Dr. Seuss book because his are the ones that come to mind.

Since you play in different regions, are you able to see each other's games? Do you talk about the games, plays, and outcomes afterward?

TB: I try to watch as many games of Ronde's that I can. I usually only can see them when he's on national TV. We do talk after every game, whether I see it or not, about what and how each of us did.
RB: Only occasionally do I get to see his games. And we do talk after every game, but it's not too much about football.

You played each other last year on November 17, 2003. What was the outcome of the game, and on which side did your mom sit?

TB: Ronde's team, the Bucs, won the game. My mom sat in a box on Ronde's side (home teams get better tickets).
RB: Tampa won, and Mom always sits with the home team.

What would you each say is the single greatest characteristic that is necessary to make it to the NFL? Is that any different from what it takes to have a long career in professional football?

TB: I think they are the same thing. A lot goes in to being a NFL player and having a long career, so it's hard to narrow it down to the one most important characteristic. However, I think having a strong belief in yourself and not seeing failure as an option is at the top. Make your self-fulfilling prophecy a positive one.
RB: Based on what I've been through, I would say perseverance. I think I've overcome a lot of uncertain times to be where I am now. I think people always doubt you in some way or other and my perseverance allowed me to never forget my goals. I think that, too, is what is necessary to stay a long time in our league.

You have both been advocates of children and reading through the literacy program Verizon Reads, your volunteer work in Read Across America, and other national organizations that support reading. Who were your early influences in your love of reading?

TB: My mom always kept books around the house, so we were drawn to them.
RB: That's a really good question and the only good answer I have is my mom and Tiki. It's important to support literacy programs because the ability to read comprehensively is the rock that successful people really unconsciously rely on.

Were you always good students? Did you always hand in your homework on time?

TB: I was always a good student; my mom instilled in us the importance of academics early on and it stuck with us. She wouldn't let us go to practice until we did our homework.
RB: We were always good students simply because we have always been competitive people. Just as in sports we had the ambition to be the best. That attitude definitely spilled over into our academic lives.

Have you ever wanted to play another position on your team other than the one you currently play?

TB: I've never wanted to be anything except a running back.
RB: Not particularly. Like I said earlier, we are more or less skilled professionals, and I know how to do what I do very well. There are more than enough skilled athletes to play all the other positions.

You are great role models for young people. Who were your role models growing up?

TB: Walter Payton was my favorite player. He was great all the time even when his teams weren't very good.
RB: My mom and some of my coaches.

What was your best moment on the field or most memorable game?

TB: My most memorable game was in 1995 while I was still at UVA. We played Florida State (ranked number two in the country at the time) on ESPN-Thursday Night Football. I had the best game of my college career and we beat them on the last play of the game, becoming the first team in the ACC to beat them.
RB: For me it is without question our NFC Championship game in Philadelphia in 2003. It could easily be considered my best game against a team that seemingly had our number. And, oh yeah, I had the game-clinching interception for a touchdown that sent us to Super Bowl XXXVII.

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By My Brother's Side 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Children who have followed the careers of football greats Tiki and Ronde Barber may not know that one of the twins was almost sidelined permanently from playing while still a boy. That story is told in By My Brother's Side. A serious leg injury has the family doctor predicting that Tiki might never play sports again, but he fails to take into account Tiki's love for the game, his positive attitude, and his devotion to his brother. Ronde's support is enormously helpful, too; he spends hours by his brother's side, recalling memorable games and talking about their heroes, which helps keep Tiki's spirits up. After watching from the sidelines for what seems an interminable summer, Tiki rejoins Ronde for practice and gradually regains his mobility and prowess. He keps telling himself, 'I can do it.' And when football season starts, Tiki is again part of the team. This book shows the importance of having a goal and moving toward it, step by step, until that goal is reached. And for every child who has been sidelined because of his size or ability, this book may be just the inspiration he needs. Those who enjoy this book may also enjoy another picture book, Ruby Lee the Bumble Bee - A Bee's Bit of Wisdom. In it, a young girl learns the value of courage and perseverance when faced with a daunting challenge. Books like By My Brother's Side and Ruby Lee the Bumble Bee are valuable tools for teaching children the importance of developing a strong character.
paroof on LibraryThing 8 months ago
If you have a football fan, then this is a good picture book for them.
KristinSpecht on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A great book about the importance of family and never giving up. Boy would really enjoy this book and be able to relate to the brothers in some way, maybe they too experience and injury that kept them from what they loved. Use it to teach teamwork too.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Tiki and Ronde do good team work, and they make mostly all of the touchdowns in the whole game. The boy¿s mother says play proud. Ronde lets his brother run the ball back. They are going to the superstar game. Do you think they are going to make it? {yes} They are going to make it. Tiki and Ronde were each other¿s best friends. Now they both play for different teams. Ronde plays tamp bay Buccaneers and Tiki plays for the New York Giant. I like this book because they stuck by each other¿s side.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My sons loved this book and the other two from the same authors. The story is interesting shows teamwork and hardwork. It is worth the read and I think all boys who like football should read it.