On an island called Puerto Rico, there lived a little boy who wanted only to play baseball. Although he had no money, Roberto Clemente practiced and practiced untileventuallyhe made it to the Major Leagues. America! As a right-fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, he fought tough opponentsand even tougher racismbut with his unreal catches and swift feet, he earned his nickname, "The Great One." He led the Pirates to two World Series, hit 3,000 hits, and was the first Latino to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. But it wasn't just baseball that made Clemente legendaryhe was was also a humanitarian dedicated to improving the lives of others.
|Publisher:||Atheneum Books for Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.30(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Jonah Winter is the author of more than thirty celebrated nonfiction picture books including Diego, illustrated by Jeanette Winter; Jazz Age Josephine, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman; Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx, illustrated by Edel Rodriguez; The Founding Fathers! illustrated by Barry Blitt; and Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, illustrated by Shane W. Evans.
Raúl Colón has illustrated several highly acclaimed picture books, including Draw!; the New York Times bestselling Angela and the Baby Jesus by Frank McCourt; Susanna Reich’s José! Born to Dance; and Jill Biden’s Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops. Mr. Colón lived in Puerto Rico as a young boy and now resides in New City, New York, with his family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a beautiful story of a Pittsburgh baseball great that you will read again and again!! The illustrations are incredible and add so much to the story. This is a book you will cherish and save to read to your grandchildren after you have read it time and time again to your children!!
Favorable review: Informative and educational. This is a good biography of a great baseball player as well as a lovely, charitable human being. *Wonderful black & white and color illustrations in this biography make Roberto Clemente's life story come alive. As a Pittsburgh Pirate Roberto was a base stealer - stealing like a pirate. What team did Roberto and the Pittsburgh Pirates win against in his first world series? When was Roberto Clemente born? Where was he born? What is he most remembered for? This brief biography will answer these and many other questions about the life of Roberto Clemente. If you enjoy sharing this with the youth, here is a DVD you may want to share as well:"Inspiring Figures: Duke Ellington & Ella Fitzgerald." Here is a review for it: "King of the Keys" & "Queen of Scat" - Edward Kennedy Ellington aka "Duke" Ellington aka "King of the Keys" was born in 1899 in Washington, DC to J.E. and Daisy and went on to become famous for his piano playing. This animated DVD gives a brief biography of "Duke" Ellington, and later in the DVD a biography of Ella Fitzgerald, using beautiful color illustrations and engaging narration. We learn that Edward Kennedy Ellington was more interested in baseball than in learning how to play the piano. Later he became intrigued by the piano. Eventually, "Duke" played in a band called the Washingtonians and he played in Harlem's Cotton Club. Watching this DVD you will learn more interesting facts about the life of "Duke" Ellington. Also on this DVD is the brief biography of Ella Fitzgerald, also known as the "Queen of Scat." Ella Fitzgerald wanted to become a dancer, yet there were no dance schools for her to attend in Yonkers, New York. When you watch this DVD you will learn how she became a famous singer and you'll have an opportunity to listen to her smooth, lovely voice. In 1935 she was signed as a singer, a featured singer, with the Harlem Orchestra House. You'll hear about which college crowd Ella had to impress to gain the position of singer in an orchestra as well as find out who Benny Goodman was, and why he was important to Ella Fitzgerald's biography. (Yale.) As you watch this DVD you will find out who Chip Webb was and what happened to Ella at the Savoy Club. Many worthwhile facts are presented about the life of Ella Fitzgerald on this DVD. This DVD is good for use in the classroom or in an after-school setting to inform young learners about music history. The DVD is probably appropriate for young learners in 3rd to 5th grade.