"I've learned it takes heart to come out a winner every time, whether you win or lose."
Jonathan wants to win more than anything. But the Badgers haven't seen much of that lately. For Jonathan, the only good thing about the baseball season is being on the same team as his best friend, Michael. Jonathan wants to believe in himself and his team, but it's getting harder to do.
Then when Michael's uncle Jack tells the boys about his golden rules of baseball, Jonathan is confused. What could Uncle Jack mean there is more to a good game than winning or losing?
Deloris and Roslyn M. Jordan, mother and sister of basketball superstar Michael Jordan, tell a family story of personal best, friendship, and teamwork that will inspire. Kadir Nelson's radiant illustrations illuminate this story of what it really means to be a champion.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books|
|Product dimensions:||9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||6 - 10 Years|
About 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 an award-winning American artist whose works have been exhibited in major national and international publications, institutions, art galleries, and museums. Nelson is the illustrator of many beloved, award-winning, and bestselling picture books including, We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, winner of the Coretta Scott King and Robert F. Sibert Award; 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; Hewitt Anderson’s Great Big Life, written by Jerdine Nolen, which won the 2005 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal; and Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya by Donna Jo Napoli called “stunning” by Kirkus Reviews in a starred review. 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 in Los Angeles.
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Michael's Golden Rules
By Deloris Jordan Roslyn M. Jordan Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books Copyright © 2007 Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordan
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Chapter One Jonathan bit his lip as he readied himself to swing. Two outs and bases loaded. The count was 3 and 2. He was ready.
The pitcher wound up. The ball whizzed past Jonathan as he swung and missed. "Strike three, you're out."
Jonathan slowly walked back to the dugout. He could hear calls of "that's okay" and "we'll get them next time," but all he wanted was to go home.
Jonathan walked home from the game with his best friend, Michael, and Michael's uncle Jack. Jonathan was glad Uncle Jack was here today, since Jonathan's mom had had to work.
"You boys played a good game."
Jonathan couldn't help saying, "But we lost. How could we have played a good game when we lost?"
"There's a lot more to a game than winning or losing, Jonathan. It's all about how you play the game. That's what makes a player great. That's what counts."
Jonathan was silent and Michael piped up. "Uncle Jack knows a lot about baseball. Uncle Jack, tell us about the ten golden rules of baseball. The ones you made up when you played in college. Please."
"Why don't you come by tomorrow, boys, and we can talk then." Jonathan couldn't wait.
The next day, Saturday, Michael and Jonathan walked the few blocks from their neighborhood to Uncle Jack's house.
"Hi, boys. I'm glad you came by. I have my book here that Michael told you about - my book of golden rules. These got me through some tough games in school. Maybe they'll help you, too."
Michael and Jonathan read through the rules.
1. Know the game.
2. Pay attention to the coach at all times.
3. Know your opponent.
4. Be a team player.
5. Practice a winning attitude.
6. Find out what you do best.
7. Find out what you need to work on.
8. Practice, practice, practice.
9. Learn from your mistakes.
10. Have fun!
"Wow! Thanks, Uncle Jack!" said Michael.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My 7 year old son and I enjoyed this book. The 'Golden Rules' reinforce what our volunteer coaches should be, and for the most part, are trying to teach the kids. I would recommend it for any young sports fan.