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Dream Big: Michael Jordan and the Pursuit of Excellence

Deloris Jordan

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ISBN 10: 1442412704 / ISBN 13: 9781442412705
Published by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2014
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Title: Dream Big: Michael Jordan and the Pursuit of...

Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

Edition: Reprint.

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It's never too soon to dream big--or to take action! Pursue excellence with this inspiring picture book from the mother of star basketball player Michael Jordan.

Before Michael Jordan was a record-breaking athlete, he was a young boy who dreamed of playing basketball for the United States Olympic team. His mother tells him, "Dreaming is for dreams. If you want to play, you better get busy." So what did Michael do? He got busy! Discover how Michael made his wish into a reality--Olympic gold medal included--in this motivational picture book for sports fans, go-getters, and anyone with big dreams!

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Michael Jordan's mother returns for another story about her famous son's childhood.
Michael Jordan s childhood dreams were always of playing basketball. His friends, brothers and mother are full of upbeat advice, encouraging him to work hard and keep practicing. After watching the U.S. Olympic team battle Russia, young Michael announces to his mother that he will be an Olympic basketball champion. More pat advice about dreamers and doers follows. But Michael puts his plan into action by asking his coach what he could do now to get closer to that dream. And in an ending that echoes Salt in His Shoes (cowritten with Roslyn Jordan and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, 2000), he goes to his older brother s scrimmage and makes a three-pointer right over the heads of his opponents. An afterword sums up Michael s journey to the Olympic Games the culmination of lots of little steps undertaken day after day. -- Kirkus

This inspirational story focuses on the outside influences surrounding the athlete as a nine-year-old both at home and abroad. When the American basketball team loses its bid for a gold medal to Russia in the 1972 Olympics, young Jordan is watching, along with his brothers. Inspired by the close game, he informs his mother that he is going to be an Olympic champion. Through bits and pieces of conversation and parental admonitions, he learns how to achieve his goal with a series of small steps. He is called a dreamer, but proves that he is a doer as well. His mother, his middle-school coach, his brother Larry, and a friend all contribute their words of wisdom that lead him to work toward his goal. The watercolor and gouache illustrations have a warm, almost golden tone that evoke the hovering, seemingly present gold medal. In the author s note, readers learn that Jordan achieved his goal in 1984. A timely publication just before the 2012 Olympics, this book could be paired with the author s previous story about her son, Salt in His Shoes (S & S, 2000). Sara Lissa Paulson, American Sign Language and English Lower School PS 347, New York City
School Library Journal, May 2012

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