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Grade 1-5–NFL stars Tiki and Ronde Barber present sports fans with a sun-drenched childhood anecdote about perseverance. Although the twins were "born smaller than most babies," they grew up to be a rowdy pair. The boys never left one another's side until the summer when Tiki took a bad spill from his bike and broke his leg, forcing him to miss the entire baseball season. The narrative follows the siblings' agony during their summer-long separation and their eventual joy at being teammates again. Despite its lengthy, lackluster text and a somewhat anticlimactic ending, the authors' role-model status will attract an audience, and Root's soft, watercolor-and-gouache illustrations will capture readers' imaginations. Vibrant oranges and yellows suffuse the pages, creating a sense of nostalgia. Similar to Deloris and Roslyn M. Jordan's Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream (S & S, 2000), the Barbers' tale will be a popular addition to sports collections.–Ann M. Holcomb, Los Angeles Public Library
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Gr. 1-3. There's not much of a story in this picture book written by the Barber twins, who both currently play in the NFL. On a summer afternoon, young Tiki breaks his leg in a bicycle accident and spends the next few months laid up, watching Ronde's baseball games and occasionally sneaking out of the house himself to get in some illicit playing time. He gradually recovers, and is ready for football in the fall. Along the way, he listens to plenty of pat phrases about keeping a good attitude. Root's watercolor-and-gouache double-page spreads nicely capture young players in action in a variety of sports. His image of the two brothers sitting by a football field among the orange hues of a waning autumn afternoon is particularly striking. Young fans of the Barber brothers will enjoy this book. Others may wish for a plot with more action and substance. Todd Morning
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 500L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689865597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689865596
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ReadItDiva on September 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Three boys on bikes. One steep hillside. And one dare - a dangerous dare, as a young Tiki Barber finds out.

"It's a serious injury. I'm not sure he will ever play again," claims the doctor. Tiki is determined to prove him wrong.

I liked this book because it illustrates several virtues, like PATIENCE. During one looooooong hot summer, Tiki must watch his twin brother Ronde play ball while he waits for his leg to heal. And PERSEVERANCE. The twins, born premature, overcome their smaller stature to make the basketball team.

This book is filled with motivational sayings, like "Believe in yourself and others will, too." And "We have to keep working at it." Now Ronde plays for Tampa Bay and Tiki for the NY Giants, so they no longer play "side by side." But they still "Play Proud!" as their mama told them to do.

Similar to the Michael Jordan book Salt in His Shoes, this book will be inspiring to parents or children, boys or girls, athletes or spectators alike.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Avalon on September 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
By My Brother Side is a wonderful story of the twin NFL superstars Ronde and Tiki Barber. The book tells a story of their childhood that illustrates the tight bond between the twins, their love for each other, sports and their determination to never give up even after a biking accident puts Tiki in a cast. This is a very inspiring book of values, and hard work. I especially like their mothers emphasis on "homework first", and her other encouraging words "you can do anything you put your mind to".
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on January 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
BY MY BROTHER'S SIDE is a story about the childhood of Tiki and Ronde Barber. In the book, the two brothers are playing a little rough and Tiki injures himself. He must spend the rest of the summer healing from the injury, but through all the ups and downs he can rely on his brother. In addition, their supportive mother is always encouraging them to do their best, work hard and pursue their dreams.

NFL football stars Tiki and Ronde Barber have come together to create an autobiographical tale with strong, positive messages. This is a book that will appeal to all children, not just young football fans. It is a nice addition to the body of children's fiction because it of its appeal to boys and positive male role models. The plot teaches children that even if you are not the biggest or strongest, if you work hard it is possible to make dreams into reality. In addition, Tiki's character provides a positive example of how to handle adversity; while Ronde demonstrates how to support those you care about when they experience hard times. Most importantly, BY MY BROTHER'S SIDE highlights the special love and companionship shared between siblings.

Reviewed by Stacey Seay, Children's Editor

for The RAWSISTAZ™ Reviewers
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Matheson on March 30, 2005
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Children who have followed the careers of football greats Tiki and Ronde Barber may not know that one of the twins was almost sidelined permanently from playing while still a boy. That story is told in By My Brother's Side.

A serious leg injury has the family doctor predicting that Tiki might never play sports again, but he fails to take into account Tiki's love for the game, his positive attitude, and his devotion to his brother. Ronde's support is enormously helpful, too; he spends hours by his brother's side, recalling memorable games and talking about their heroes, which helps keep Tiki's spirits up.

After watching from the sidelines for what seems an interminable summer, Tiki rejoins Ronde for practice and gradually regains his mobility and prowess. He keps telling himself, "I can do it." And when football season starts, Tiki is again part of the team.

This book shows the importance of having a goal and moving toward it, step by step, until that goal is reached. And for every child who has been sidelined because of his size or ability, this book may be just the inspiration he needs.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By btk on October 5, 2004
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Being a single, childless 47-year old man, I don't read many children's books; but `By My Brother's Side' is an inspirational story - for brothers, football fans, bicycle enthusiasts, and children alike. Written by Tonde & Riki Barber, two twin brothers who both play professional football (American-style), the book centers on Tiki's leg injury after a bike accident and his slow, aphorism-filled summer recovering with the support of his hard-working mother, the professional medical community, and his non-injured brother. The bond between the two brothers comes through in the childish dialogue, the motivating struggles and the water color art of orange skies and the frozen tundra of the football gridiron where the two brothers find their place on the field of life. Football, determination, inspiration, and twins. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
By My Brother's Side is about two boys that love sports but their favorite is football. Their names are Ronde and Tiki Barber. WHen Tiki was little he fell down a dirt hill on his bike and cut his knee open and the doctor said he may never be able to play sports again. Now Tiki Barber is on the New York Giants (number 21) and his brother Ronde Barber is on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (number 20). They now are professional football players.
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