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Kindergarten-Grade 2—This is a sweet and earnest story about the author's younger brother, who struggles to name his "it" and begin the road to fulfillment in life. The Dungy family puts its faith in God and encourages the boys to do so too. When a toothache brings Linden to the dentist's office, he finds the excitement he's been looking for and ends up becoming a dentist himself. Dungy is a natural storyteller, and readers will buy into this warm family despite some disconnected narrative elements and a tired plot. Bates is skilled at creating charming characters, and her watercolor paintings evoke a vibrant family life. Dungy's name will be familiar to Pro Football fans.—Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC
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About the Author

Tony Dungy and his wife Lauren Dungy are active members of a number of family, faith, and community-based organizations, including All Pro Dad, iMom, Fellowship of Chrstian Athletes, Mentors for Life, Family First, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and the Boys and Girls Club of America. Tony is a former NFL player and retired head coach of the 2006 Superbowl Champions, the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League.

Amy June Bates has illustrated many books for children, including That’s What I’d Do by singer-songwriter Jewel and The Dog Who Belonged to No One by Amy Hest. She lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, with her husband and three children.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon Inspirations; Library Binding edition (July 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416954619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416954613
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tony Dungy led the Indianapolis Colts to Super Bowl victory on February 4, 2007, the first such win for an African American coach. Dungy had taken 8 of his previous 10 teams to the playoffs. With this victory, he joined Mike Ditka and Tom Flores as the only individuals to win the Super Bowl as a player and head coach.

Dungy joined the Colts in 2002 after serving as the most successful head coach in Tampa Bay history. He has also held assistant coaching positions with the University of Minnesota, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Minnesota Vikings. Before becoming a coach, Dungy played three seasons in the NFL.

Dungy has been involved in a wide variety of charitable organizations, including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action, Mentors for Life, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, the Prison Crusade Ministry, and All Pro Dad. He also works with Basket of Hope, the Black Coaches Association National Convention, Indiana Black Expo, the United Way of Central Indiana, and the American Diabetes Association.

He and his wife, Lauren, are the parents of seven children.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Craig Stephans VINE VOICE on July 21, 2008
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Dungy's book is promoted to be for children ages 4-7, but I don't think you can put an age limit on its topic which is reminding readers (adults too) to trust in God and dream big. The book conveys an episode in a family with 4 children--2 brothers & 2 sisters. It seems all of the children know their dreams and talents except for Linden who is unsure about his talents or his dream for his life.

A toothache and the support and encouragement of his family lead him to his desire. The family encourages Linden to trust God, and they pray for him that God will show him his "it" for his life. Even in a such a brief episode, there is a caring family dynamic conveyed in the book that is refreshing and serves as an excellent model.

The story emphasizes that God has made each of us special and takes an interest in our lives. It is from him that we learn our "dream" for our lives. The story is for children and I think for parents who play a role, along with God, in shaping and guiding children.

I also think boys and girls will enjoy reading a book for children by a Super Bowl coach. The illustrations are excellent and very colorful. The book's size is just right.

Craig Stephans, author of Shakespeare On Spirituality: Life-Changing Wisdom from Shakespeare's Plays
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Best Of All on July 24, 2008
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Faith. Family. Love.

In a time when values oftentimes have more to do with pop culture than the family, Tony Dungy provides a wonderful story for young people, though adults can learn from it, too.

The wonderfully-illustrated book - done by Amy June Bates - tells the story of Dungy's younger brother, Linden, as he figures out his life dream and is encouraged by his family to pursue his goal to become a dentist.

Faith and the support of a loving family help Linden as he turns his frustration in being the only one in his class or at home who does not know what he wants to be when he grows to positively pursuing and ultimately achieving his dream.

It is an inspirational story of leadership on the field of life and the outcome that will occur when positive energy and faith are allowed to carry a person over the goal-line.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Senora Gose VINE VOICE on July 26, 2008
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I am absolutely WOWED by this book. My four eldest children, ages 6, 4, 3, and 19 months, all thoroughly enjoyed this book, made comments as we read, and asked EXCELLENT questions. The book is Christian based and is also based on real life, both excellent traits!

The quality is TOP-NOTCH. The full color pictures (I'm talking NO WHITE SPACE on a single page!) are truly works of art in water-color, and not overwhelming or too kiddish. The moral of the story is not forced - that everyone has a dream, an "it" to find. When the big brother prays for his little brother at dinner time, I just about lost it, couldn't contain my tears, but our children all smiled at one another.

So, sibling bonding, good messages, dream big, pray a lot, and go for your dreams! What a fanTAStic book! We're reading it again tonight. We're not big sports people, but I'm sure the fact that it's written by a football star is also a huge plus among boys that know more about that. Buy it! You'll LOVE IT! This is WORTH having in your HOME library, not just at the public library.

Oh, and it even has a nice book jacket - something most kids' books don't have these days.

Sra. Gose
Authorof Flip Flop Spanish: Ages 3-5: Level 1 & Spanish Fun Activity Calendar
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Tony Dungy is a successful author, family man, public speaker, and a fine example of how to be a Christian gentlemen. Oh, he also manages to coach an NFL team in my city, the Indianapolis Colts.

Tony takes us back to his childhood in Michigan and tells the story of his little brother, Linden, who is a cut-up in class but can't seem to find his way. He can't figure out what is his "it". Tony is an athlete. His sisters take care of animals. What is his thing, his "it"?

To Dungy's credit, the story is simple, but not preachy and not so simple that it bores the adult reader. I read right to the end and was genuinely interested in seeing how it came out. The illustrations are perfect and really help tell the story.

My daughter, an 8 year-old and an excellent reader liked the story as well. She liked the way Dungy addressed the issue of Linden not knowing what he wanted to be when he grew up. What kid has not wondered what he or she will do when he or she grows up? (Right now she wants to be a combination waitress/veterinarian/race car driver with Danica Patrick) She also liked the fact that it mentioned prayer and God.

If this is the quality of work we can expect from Tony Dungy, I hope he comes out with many more books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Dawn on October 16, 2008
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I liked that this book has a very positive message. The main character is disheartened because he doesn't know what he wants to be in life. Everyone around him seems to know and he feels left out. His family is encouraging and helps him to consider his interests and what appeals to him. He's a young child. Before the book concludes he has found what he wants to be in life, career-wise. I think it's a nice story but find it somewhat annoying that like most childrens' books the answer is clear and easy to find. I think it might have been better if the family helped him remain positive and make it clear that one day he will know. This book, and so many like it really offer pat answers to children in a world where they are usually hard to come by. I think it is more helpful to teach them that answers don't always come quickly or easily. I do like that the author points to God as the one who creates our drive and desires but doesn't try to over-spiritualize the childs' pursuits. He offers practical suggestions in a child-sensitive way. This really isn't appropriate for toddlers and young children. There is a lot of writing on each page which makes little readers eager to move forward through the book. Still, it's a nice read.
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