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I Shook Up the World: The Incredible Life of Muhammad Ali Hardcover – January 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin/Beyond Words; First Edition edition (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582700907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582700908
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,127,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I am humbled by the admiration I have received from so many people. I had a blessed career, and I am honored that my daughter has written my story to share with future generations."
—Muhammad Ali, boxing legend

About the Author

Maryum Ali is the oldest of nine children in the Ali family. Currently, she works as a stand-up comedian, with at-risk youth, and writes screenplays and children's stories in her spare time. Maryum has also made numerous TV appearances on talk shows and sitcoms. Maryum lives and works in Los Angeles.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Inspired by the life of her famous father, Maryum "May May" Ali wrote "I Shook Up the World: The Incredible Life of Muhammad Ali" as an encouragement to children to follow their dreams. This oversized volume is divided into "rounds" instead of chapters and illustrated by Patrick Johnson. The author, the oldest of nine children, starts with how her father began his boxing career, his success at the 1960 Olympic games, his most famous fights, and his activism during the civil rights movement. Through the book some of Ali's most famous fight poetry, including "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee." Muhammad Ali wrote the forward to the book and the back of the book includes a Chronology of his life (which does contain an error: it says Ali lost his Heavyweight title to Joe Frazier in 1971, but since he was stripped of the title in 1967 it was no longer his to defend). With Ali showing up more often in television commercials again, it is time for the next generation of readers to learn about the man who named "Sportsman of the 20th Century" by "Sports Illustrated."
Young readers will find Ali's story to be a nice example of the power of determination. The moral of the story actually comes from Ali's father, who told the young boy: "Always remember, Son, do what's inside your heart, and never give up on your dreams." Older readers, of course, grew up with Muhammad Ali being one of the most controversial and eventually one of the most admired and beloved sports athletes in American history. Consequently, we are likely to find the coverage of his conversion to Islam and his stance against the Vietnam War to be rather simplified.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jorge abaroa on December 24, 2003
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A beautifully written and illustrated book. A fresh and fun look at the life of one of the worlds most famous icons. Kids will love the pictures and poems. Of all the books for kids on Ali, this one stands out. If you love Ali; then this is a book you will appreciate for years. Thank you May May for a GREAT book. It was nice meeting you in Chicago. Your friends, Jorge,Christine,Lexie and Joey.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Time on February 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My son first used this book for a biography for fifth grade. I then added I Shook Up the World to my classroom library. The book is always displayed for Black History Month. Students ask me to read it to them, over and over. Boys love hearing about the boxing and especially like the funny poems Ali was famous for. The illustrations are big and colorful, just what children like. Every elementary classroom should have a copy of this book.
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By Lance Shabazz on January 13, 2015
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