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Joe Louis, My Champion Hardcover – May, 2004

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books (May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584301619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584301615
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,358,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4–In this stirring picture book, Joe Louis inspires a young African-American boy named Sammy to reach for his dreams. It is 1937, and Louis is poised to be the heavyweight champion of the world. Sammy wants to be a boxer just like his hero, but to his utter frustration, he lacks the necessary physical prowess. After a pep talk from his friend, gentle words from his father, and careful introspection, the boy learns an important lesson. Though he may not be able to follow in the footsteps of Big Joe, he can strive to be the best at his own endeavors. Realistic oil paintings, many covering two pages, carry the story along. A glowing afterword highlights Louis's career and exemplary character. This offering will have particular appeal to fans of the "Brown Bomber," but its upbeat message is universal.–Ajoke' T. I. Kokodoko, Oakland Public Library, CA
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K-Gr. 3. Sammy yearns to be just like boxer Joe Louis. Growing up in a rural African American community in 1937, as the upcoming fight between Louis and Braddock is on everyone's mind, Sammy takes boxing lessons from Ernie, a bigger, stronger friend. When Sammy becomes discouraged about his potential as a boxer, Papa, Ernie, and storekeeper Mister Jake help him realize that he doesn't have to be a boxer to be like Joe Louis. If he works hard, he can overcome racial prejudice and become a champion in any field he chooses. An afterword gives information about Louis' life, his career, and his significance to African Americans. Written in first person from Sammy's point of view, the story is involving as well as purposeful. Pate's luminous oil paintings bring the era to life with well-individualized portrayals of people, some beautiful landscapes as backgrounds, and the effective use of monochromatic paintings to show the boxing match heard over the only radio in town. An effective look back. Carolyn Phelan
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Format: Paperback
Sammy, a young boy growing up in the early 1900s, has already started to think about what he would like to do when he is older. He is extremely inspired by his hero, Joe Louis, and wants to follow in his footsteps as a boxer. Further fueling this hope is the opportunity to listen with friends and family members to the Joe Louis versus James Braddock heavyweight championship boxing match on the big radio in Mister Jake's country store. Over time, Sammy begins to see the bigger picture about how Joe Louis's success can help him to dream big about a variety of occupations, not just boxing. With its lush oil paintings, historical setting, and informative afterword, this interesting book makes a nice vehicle for talking with children about careers they may pursue.
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By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on February 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In 1937 Joe Louis becomes the heavyweight champion of the world. Sammy, the main character in the book wants to be just like him. He practices with his friend all the time but doesn't think he will ever be good at boxing. His father tells him that no matter what he becomes in life he will do great!

The book taught me about Joe Louis. I had never heard of him before.

I would recommend this book oto others. It is a great book to read during black history month.
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