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A biography of Muhammad Ali includes highlights from his childhood in Louisville, Kentucky, his legendary boxing career, his conversion to Islam and opposition to the war in Vietnam, and his appearance at the 1996 summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Jim Haskins (1941-2005) was the author of over one hundred books and had an unrivaled background in writing African-American nonfiction for young readers. Among his many awards were the Coretta Scott King Medal, which he received in 1977 for The Story of Stevie Wonder and six Honor citations.
Eric Velasquez won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for his illustrations in The Piano Man. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts and now lives in Hartsdale, New York. Visit him online at www.ericvelasquez.com.From Publishers Weekly:
Haskins (The Story of Stevie Wonder) and Velasquez (Grandma's Records) pay tribute to Muhammad Ali in this rather adoring yet noteworthy biography, which brings to light the boxing great's many types of triumphs. The author knows how to interest kids, tracing the fighter's career to his 12th birthday, when the theft of his new bicycle made him want to find the thief and beat him up; as Haskins tells it, a policeman advised him "that he had better learn how to fight first" and offered the boy boxing lessons at his gym. The hero is not invulnerable: then known as Cassius Clay, he was so afraid of flying that he bought his own parachute and wore it during the flight to the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. Haskins recaps familiar highlights of Ali's life and career, including his decision to join the Nation of Islam (and his later embrace of world Islam); the loss of his title as world heavyweight champion when he refused, on religious grounds, to fight in the Vietnam War; his remarkable 1974 win over George Foreman to regain the crown; his experience with Parkinson's; and his surprise appearance as the final torch-bearer at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. A liberal sprinkling of Ali's famous rhymes provides additional insight into his personality. Velasquez does justice to the subject with his imaginatively conceived oil paintings; sometimes these approach a photographic crispness, sometimes they suggest Ali's inner victories and struggles. Informative and inspiring. Ages 6-10.
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Book Description Walker & Company, 2002. Library Binding. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # SONG0802787851
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