Henry Aaron's Dream

Henry Aaron's Dream

by Matt Tavares


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Matt Tavares hits one out of the park with this powerful tale of a kid from the segregated South who would become baseball's home-run king.

Before he was Hammerin' Hank, Henry Aaron was a young boy growing up in Mobile, Alabama, with what seemed like a foolhardy dream: to be a big-league baseball player. He didn't have a bat. He didn't have a ball. And there wasn't a single black ball player in the major leagues. But none of this could stop Henry Aaron. In a captivating biography of Henry Aaron's young life — from his sandlot days through his time in the Negro Leagues to the day he played his first spring training game for the Braves — Matt Tavares offers an inspiring homage to one of baseball's all-time greats.
Back matter includes an author’s note, Henry Aaron’s career statistics, and a bibliography.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763676544
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 02/10/2015
Series: Candlewick Biographies Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 330,004
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: AD920L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

"When I set out to write about Henry Aaron, I expected to focus on his historic quest to break Major League Baseball’s all-time home-run record. But in researching his life, I found that the most fascinating part of Henry Aaron’s story took place before he ever set foot on a big-league baseball field — back when he was a skinny kid who held his bat the wrong way; but who never gave up his dream, even when it seemed impossible."

Matt Tavares lives in Ogunquit, Maine.

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Henry Aaron's Dream 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Growing up in Mobile, Alabama in the 1940's, Henry Aaron wanted to be a big-league baseball player. He didn't even have a bat or a baseball; just his dreams. But his father told him "Ain't no colored ballplayers." The baseball diamonds in town all had signs that said WHITE ONLY. But when Henry was twelve, a single park opened up that said COLORED ONLY, and Henry found a new home away from home. In 1947, when Henry was thirteen, Jackie Robinson crossed the major league baseball color line, and Henry's whole world changed. Now he knew anything was possible. Henry first played in minors, and it wasn't easy because of the prejudice he encountered. But he just kept thinking of Jackie Robinson and persevered. In 1954 his dream finally came true with the Milwaukee Braves, ironically, in a game against Jackie Robinson! This is an inspiring and exciting story with vibrant, realistic illustrations. At the back of the book, the author has included the yearly statistics for Aaron's major league baseball career.
nycalison More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for a class and thought that it was informative without being boring, and really captured Hank's struggle in an age appropriate way :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago