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Long Shot: Never Too Small to Dream Big Hardcover – September 22, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 510L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416950796
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416950790
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1–4—In this picture-book autobiography, an NBA All-Star tells of being one of the smallest youngsters trying out for the local basketball team. He jumps into the story with a fantasized sportscaster's voice, describing an amazing shot that he, Chris Paul, age eight, makes after fielding a pass from double-teamed Michael Jordan. The play-action scenario is enough to make his big brother's friends say, "In your dreams." That bantering energy and the ensuing hard practice punctuated by sound family advice create a tight narrative. It is the week before tryouts and each family member, including big brother C. J. and grandfather Papa Chilly, contributes a way of supporting Chris. Earthy hues exuberantly painted and textured in acrylic add energy and depth to the story, and the cartoon style adds the right amount of action. Confident with his hands, trying his utmost not to worry about what he cannot control (his height), Paul tells an inspiring story that does not fall into sentimentality. It is a realistic portrait of a solid African-American family with the ability to realize their dreams. Pair it with Deloris Jordan's Salt in His Shoes (S & S, 2000) for a similar story and watch the wide-open eyes of the most reluctant boy readers as the thrills and spills of the final game decide who will make the team.—Sara Paulson-Yarovoy, American Sign Language and English Lower School PS 347, New York City END

About the Author

NBA All-Star and former NBA Rookie of the Year Chris Paul plays for the New Orleans Hornets.

Frank Morrison is a Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor winner. This is his first book with Simon and Schuster.

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Customer Reviews

Chris Paul is a role model kids can look up to.
Judy Mines
My son found this book very encouraging, and has read it over and over, even though he is way past the reading level.
Catherine Martin
Cute book, good illustrations and nice moral = worthwhile read.
J. Villeneuve

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Burton VINE VOICE on September 23, 2009
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As enjoyable as children's fiction is, children need true accounts that teach them that obstacles can be overcome and hard work pays off. This book does just that. NBA success Chris Paul shares in terms that any child can understand how determination, hard work, and the support of family helped him persevere and make the grade school basketball team even though he was only 4'1".

This attractive, sturdy book has wonderful illustrations that depict children of all ethnicities. The story is exciting, suspenseful (Will he make the team?), and one that any child can identify with in some way, but particularly boys who love basketball--especially short ones!

I hope this book will find its way into many elementary classrooms. It's a gem.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on October 3, 2009
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The publisher says this book is written for young readers, but because of the book's message, I intend reading this to my youngest grandson as he learns to read.

Long Shot has a subtitle "never too small to dream big". It tells the story of a young boy who is short for his age. The boy, Chris, loves basketball and wants to play for his school team. Almost everyone, except his family, tells him to forget this dream because he is too short.

Chris refuses to give up his dream and works very hard to improve his skills. He fights for his dream. Long Shot delivers a message that I want my grandchildren to hear - don't give up your dreams, instead work hard for them. I believe that all of our young people need to hear this.

Because it is a true story, Long Shot has high credibility. People discouraged the author, Chris Paul, due to his short stature. Now Chris plays professional basketball with the New Orleans Hornets.

I highly recommend this book for anyone with young children.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Terri VINE VOICE on September 29, 2009
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This is a really nice book of encouragement. This book is about Chris Paul, who is now a professional basketball player. He was teased as a young boy when he wanted to try out for basketball all the boys teased him about being short. Chris's family and and grandfather always encouraged him to just do his best, and that if he tried his best he would succeed. With that in mind he made his school team, and then went on to play with the pros. This is really a great book for kids, especially ones that need encouragement like Chris Paul, very nicely written, and is brightly illustrated. This book is recommended for children 4-8 by the author. Thanks for this wonderful book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cathe VINE VOICE on November 22, 2009
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As an elementary school librarian, I love this book for several reasons.

1) The sports theme - There seem to be so many princess and girlie picture books coming out lately that I'm always thrilled to find books with more of a boy appeal.

2) The inspiration - This book is very inspiring with it's message of overcoming obstacles and working to make your dreams come true--even more so since this is a true story.

3) The illustrations - They are colorful and just packed with action-they really bring the story to life.

I recommend this title for your school library as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By boxwood100 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 27, 2009
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This book is just great. It's the story of a young boy who is too small, supposedly, to play basketball. With the advice of his family, however, he takes on the tryouts for a new team and well, even though he's small, he wins a spot on the team. It's just a very cute story, one all boys, and girls will love. Sure is loved in this house! Highly recommend!
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Every sports-minded boy imagines himself crossing the goal line with the football, batting a home run, or kicking the soccer ball into the net in the last few seconds of the game, but not Chris Paul. In his mind's eye he was going up against Michael Jordan. He "pulls back for the jumper. He lets it go -- and scores! The crowd goes wild." Well, not exactly because Paul was a shorty and too darn small. His brother C.J. and his friends loved to tease him, but that only seemed to make him more determined than ever to practice really hard for the upcoming basketball tryouts. His brother said the "ball is bigger than you are" so he'd need all the luck he could get.

Chris knew all about basketball, including the fact that the "average height of a player in the NBA was 6 Feet 7 inches tall." He also knew that he was barely four feet tall. He couldn't even concentrate in class just thinking about those tryouts. His Mom gently put her hand under his chin as he lay in bed and tried to reassure him, telling him that he had to do the best he could do. His grandfather Chilly told him that making himself taller wasn't an option, but he could "get faster and stronger." `Work harder than everyone else on the court and your size won't matter." Chris practiced like crazy for days, but was it enough to make the team?

I loved this heartwarming story of the little guy who had big dreams and just wouldn't give up. The artwork was bold, vibrant and daring and meshed very well with the story. There are a lot of children who might not dare to dream big and this book will make them feel like they too can make it . . . even if they are a little too small or have anything that just might appear to hold them back in life. I read another nonfiction book, "Chris Paul (Amazing Athletes)" that goes into more detail about his career that would be the perfect compliment to this book. I loved this little guy with big dreams and you will too!
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