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Dream Big: Michael Jordan and the Pursuit of Olympic Gold (Paula Wiseman Books)by Deloris Jordan
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andlt;b andgt;Olympic dreams come true in this inspiring picture book from Michael Jordanand#8217;s mother, author of the andlt;i andgt;New York Times andlt;/iandgt;bestselling andlt;i andgt;Salt in His Shoesandlt;/iandgt;.andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Long before he became a professional All-Star basketball player, Michael Jordan had dreams of winning an Olympic gold medaland#8212;and with dedication and perseverance, thatand#8217;s exactly what he did. This heartwarming picture book, written by Michaeland#8217;s mother and illustrated by Barry Root, gives a rare glimpse into a sports heroand#8217;s childhood and emphasizes the role that good values play in success. An ideal companion to the andlt;i andgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestselling andlt;i andgt;Salt in His Shoesandlt;/iandgt; and releasing in time for the 2012 Olympics, andlt;i andgt;Dream Big andlt;/iandgt;is an inspiration to all.
"Michael Jordan's mother offers another lesson-laden story from her son's early years, following Michael's Golden Rules and Salt in His Shoes. It's 1972, Michael is nine, and his basketball obsession is being stoked by the U.S. basketball team's Olympic loss to Russia. Now Michael doesn't just want to be a basketball star; he wants to be an Olympic champion, too. But is he willing to give it everything he's got — after he's done with his homework, that is? Jordan's mantra of 'dream big and work hard' isn't handled with much finesse or economy, and some readers may wish that all the firm yet supportive adults around Michael would let up a little. What rescues this book from its own sermonizing are Root's (Passing the Music Down) terrific sketch-style watercolor and gouache drawings. Their openheartedness and spontaneity almost seem as if Root were there as events unfolded. As drawn on these pages, Michael isn't a star in the making or the vessel for promulgating time-honored values. He's a living, breathing kid. Ages 4 — 8. Agent: Ronnie Ann Herman, the Herman Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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About the Author
Deloris Jordan is Michael Jordanand#8217;s mother and the coauthor of andlt;iandgt;Salt in His Shoes,andlt;/iandgt; illustrated by Kadir Nelson, which andlt;iandgt;Booklistandlt;/iandgt; called and#8220;inspirational;and#8221; andlt;iandgt;Did I Tell You I Love You Today?andlt;/iandgt;, illustrated by Shane W. Evans, which was called and#8220;a tender read-aloudand#8221; by andlt;iandgt;Kirkus Reviewsandlt;/iandgt;; and andlt;iandgt;Dream Bigandlt;/iandgt;. She is also the author of andlt;iandgt;Family First: Winning the Parenting Gameandlt;/iandgt;, 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.Barry Root is the illustrator of many books for children, including andlt;iandgt;Gumbrella,andlt;/iandgt; which he also wrote; andlt;iandgt;Dream Bigandlt;/iandgt;; andlt;iandgt;By My Brotherandrsquo;s Sideandlt;/iandgt;; and andlt;iandgt;Game Dayandlt;/iandgt;, which received a Christopher Award in the category of books for young people. He lives with his family in Quarryville, Pennsylvania.
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