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Henry Aaron's Dreamby 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 baseballs home-run king.
Before he was Hammerin Hank, Henry Aaron was a young boy grow ing up in Mobile, Alabama, with what seemed like a foolhardy dream: to be a big-league baseball player. He didnt have a bat. He didnt have a ball. And there wasnt a single black ball player in the major leagues. B ut none of this could stop Henry Aaron. In a captivating biography of Henr y Aarons 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 baseballs all-time greats.
"Tavares's (Lady Liberty) engaging biography focuses on Aaron's early baseball-playing years-before he was nicknamed Hank as a major leaguer. Growing up in Mobile, Ala., in the 1940s, he honed his skills at a 'colored only' ballpark and dreamed of playing in the big leagues, despite his father's admonition, 'Ain't no colored ballplayers.' The author underscores the inspiration Jackie Robinson provided Aaron as the younger player held on to his dream despite setbacks on the field and racial prejudice. Using near identical language, the lyrical yet hard-hitting narrative describes the players' parallel experiences ('Some white fans called Henry Ã¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Matt Tavares is the illustrator of Iron Hans: A Grimms Fairy Tale; Twas the Night Before Christmas, or an Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas; Jack and the Beanstalk; Doreen Rappaports Lady Liberty: A Biography; and Kristin Kladstrups The Gingerbread Pirates, as well as the author-illustrator of Zacharys Ball, Oliver s Game, and Mudball. He lives in Ogunquit, Maine.
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